Support and assistance by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the civil claim by family members of at least eight South African citizens killed in the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria on 12 September 2014

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QUESTION NO: 2230 (NW2774E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: NO.23-2014 OF 31 OCTOBER 2014

Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

1) Will her department (a) support the planned civil claim by family members of at least eight South African citizens killed in the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria on 12 September 2014 and (b) assist them in the legal processes should the claim proceed; if not, what are the reason(s) for not supporting and assisting them with the civil claims?

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1) No, the Government can only provide support in the form of Consular assistance.

In terms of  Customary international law and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 (VCCR) the State will not interfere in or attempt to influence the judicial processes relating to a South African national in another state.

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