Ex-mayor up on another murder rap

IT NEVER rains but it pours for former ANC eNdumeni mayor Thandeka Nukani.

Yesterday Nukani and her driver, Peter Bonginkosi Khumalo, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder.

The arrest came days after she was hauled to court and charged with the 2007 murder of whistle-blower ANC councillor Grishen Bujram.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Director Phindile Radebe confirmed the latest arrest.

"She appeared in the Utrecht magistrate's court and the matter was adjourned to Wednesday."

Radebe said Nukani was arrested for conspiracy to murder after she allegedly tried to bribe an inmate of the Waterval prison in Uitrecht to kill her nephew, Siyabonga Nukani, who is serving 20 years for his role in the murder of Bujram.

Last week she was formally charged with the murder of trade unionist and SACP member Bujram. She will appear in the Ladysmith high court on October 22.

Bujram, 43, was gunned down in his car in 2007.

Nukani was among the first people to arrive at Bujram's house to pay her respects. Her boyfriend, Bongani Shangase, and her nephew Siyabonga were arrested for the murder. Charges were later withdrawn against her, while the two men were found guilty in 2008.

Shangase was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Siyabonga was sentenced to 20 years for driving Nukani's vehicle at the time of Bujram's shooting.

Nukani lost her mayoral position after two ANC councillors crossed to the IFP, making the IFP-DA alliance a majority.

It is alleged that at the time of his murder Bujram was investigating the sale of 17 low-cost government houses by a high-ranking councillor for "anywhere between R700 and R3000".