Look who’s on the candidate list

2011-05-07 16:01

So what exactly is in a name? Well, if you’re Fani Madida, soccer and the Amazulu team may come to mind. And if you’re Joyce Dube, the image of Thandaza’s overbearing mother on popular soapie Muvhango could spring to mind.

Some rather interesting names have come up on the candidate lists for the local government elections. And it has made us wonder whether sharing a name with a celebrity will raise any eyebrows in the run-up to the elections.

Besides the names above, there’s also a Trevor Gumbi listed as one of the candidates running for the IFP in Joburg. Gumbi, a comedian, is popular for his gravelly voice-overs on Kuli Roberts’ Headline show and amusing tweets during Generations.

But the really well-known figures in the running are former SABC and Areva executive Judi Nwokedi and Alfred Ntombela, popularly known as Leon Schuster’s height-challenged sidekick.

Nwokedi, who has been active in the Parkhurst Village Association and numerous national community initiatives says “it is time to give back” and that she would like to be “a breath of fresh air” in local politics.

She says: “I want to use my expertise in the corporate world to provide leadership, linking communities to City Hall in order to affect delivery. This is a continuation of what I have always done. I’m an activist.”

Interestingly, Ntombela is also from a ratepayers’ association background, but with the Independent Ratepayers’ Association of South Africa, where he has served as public relations officer for one term, and for which he is standing as a candidate-councillor.

He is unfazed by his career clashing with his councillor duties, should he be elected.

He says: “My acting doesn’t take the whole year. When we have something to shoot with Leon, it sometimes takes three months and even then we don’t shoot for the entire duration.”

He says his first plan of action will be bringing light, especially to the RDP area of Rondebult on Joburg’s East Rand, because he has seen the “darkness” that lurks there.

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