This will be the third case of an ANC candidate with criminal records vying to be ward Councillors. The first, is a man facing four rape charges, then an alleged kidnapper and rapist. Now, it’s someone who’s out on bail for attempted murder.
City Press report captures that the “disgraced former mayor of Dundee, Thandeka Nukani has been short-listed by the ANC to stand as a ward Councillor candidate in the local government elections, despite the fact that she is out on bail on attempted murder charges linked to the assassination of one of her comrades nearly a decade ago.”
As related, Nukani will make a court appearance tomorrow over a conspiracy to poison her nephew Siyabonga for implicating her in Bujram’s murder. That however didn’t stop her from being presented as a nominee to ANC voters.
Bujram’s widow – Shirley Bujram told City Press that her objection to Nukani’s nomination was ignored. “We were called to the meeting to meet the ANC nominees, we were told there were four, but two withdrew,” she narrates.
They sat with the panel to answer questions. I asked how she could stand with an attempted murder charge against her. The chairperson said she was only there to answer questions about how she would handle service delivery.
I raised the issue and said I didn’t agree with her being nominated because she was implicated in my husband’s murder. She responded and said that it was her boyfriend [who did it] and that she had been acquitted. I raised the fact that she had only got off because the cops lost the state’s witness. I raised the attempted murder charge issue and she kept quiet.
“I have raised this with the region and the province so many times…My children are outraged by this. How can we be represented in our ward by a person who was implicated in their father’s murder? Everything he fought for has been in vain.
Bujram who served as an ANC Councilor, and later became a trade unionist once reported Nukani to the ANC and the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs for corrupt practices which includes the sale of RDP houses in Sibongile township.
He was murdered in the township in 2006 and Nukani was charged for his murder after her boyfriend, Bongani Shangase, and Siyabonga were convicted for the crime.