On Wednesday, the Coroner, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe held that the collapse was caused by a faulty foundation, adding that the building had no approved plan.
He said the church should be investigated and tried for breaking the law; while the engineers should be investigated and tried for criminal negligence.
However, in a statement on its Facebook page, the church said the report was unreasonable, one-sided and biased.
The full statement reads: “The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) rejects the verdict of the coroner on the grounds that it is unreasonable, one-sided and biased.
“The church maintains its stand that the incident was as a result of sabotage. We repeat: No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail!”
SCOAN’s position caused public anger in South Africa, with callers to a Johannesburg radio station accusing it of shirking its responsibility.