Bulelwa Ndudula, the widow of murdered senior Bhisho official Sakhekile Ndudula, will have to fight for her career after the provincial Department of Education pushed to have her replaced in her teacher’s post.
During her bail application in the East London Magistrate’s Court last week, Ndudula pleaded to be released as she feared losing her R12 000-amonth job as a result of absenteeism. However, the court denied her bail. The Department of Education said this week that Ndudula, who is the maths and choir teacher at R H Godlo Primary School in Mdantsane’s NU5, would be replaced in an effort to keep the fourth term running smoothly.
Provincial education spokesman Mali Mtima said the teacher’s arrest on September 30 had not affected the school’s operations as it had occurred during the school holidays.
“It is only now that the department is swiftly moving towards addressing this void with a view to ensuring that teaching and learning are [stabilised] in the school,” Mtima said.
“A secondment will take place for someone to lead the school in the meantime while legitimate human resource processes are followed which may lead to the filling of the post.”
Sakhekile was the chief of staff in the office of Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi.
He was shot dead on the morning of September 14.
It is the state’s case that Ndudula shot her husband seven times in a fit of jealousy.
The case has been postponed to November 8 for further investigation.