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Tragic start to Easter weekend for churchgoers near Durban

By Jay Jackson, The Iran News
20 Apr 2019, 00:11 GMT+10

<p>DURBAN, South Africa - A makeshift Pentecostal Church in the town of Dlangubo, just north of the eastern coastal city of Durban, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast of South Africa has been the scene of a major tragedy.</p><p>The apparently-unsound building structure of the church collapsed during a packed service on Thursday night, bringing the roof and a wall down on congregants.</p><p>Thirteen people were killed, and 16 injured, six of them critically.</p><p>&quot;We received a call on Thursday night that part of a church wall had collapsed on congregants due to heavy rain and wind,&quot; Nomusa Dube-Ncube, a provincial minister, was quoted as saying by the <a href="https://www.enca.com/news/cogta-bad-weather-main-cause-kzn-church-collapse">eNCA</a> broadcasting network.</p><p>&quot;The roof of the building collapsed because of heavy rains last night, at this point we have a total of 13 fatalities,&quot; Lennox Mabaso, spokesman for the provincial traditional affairs department told local media on Friday.</p><p>While an investigation into the soundness of the building structure, and the cause of its collapse, has been initiated, the probe is likely to expand into a nationwide investigation of church structures, many of which are described as &#39;makeshift.&#39;</p><p>&nbsp;<p>&nbsp;</p></p>

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