A DRA­MATIC HIS­TORY

Sunday World - - Hot News - XO­LILE MTSHAZO

SUSHI King Kenny Kunene rose to promi­nence in Mzansi celebrity cir­cles two years ago as the min­ing mil­lion­aire

“” and co-owner of the exclusive ZAR night­club with fel­low ex-con­vict and busi­ness part­ner Gay­ton Mcken­zie.

At his five-star club ZAR in Sand­ton, Kunene likes to dress up in one of his many Aigner de­signer suits and flaunt his his­tory by hold­ing a gi­ant cham­pagne bot­tle be­hind gold-painted prison bars ”. Mcken­zie drew pub­lic at­ten­tion in 2002 when he and a small group of in­mates se­cretly smug­gled video cam­eras into Grootvlei Prison in the Free State to video­tape al­legedly cor­rupt prison warders.

As the co-owner of ZAR, fre­quented by the rich and fa­mous, Kunene be­came in­fa­mous for eat­ing sushi off the bod­ies of semi-naked women early this year, as well as throw­ing lav­ish par­ties in his hon­our.

Born in Kutl­wanong town­ship in Vir­ginia and raised by his grand­par­ents and un­em­ployed mother, Kunene now lives in a re­ported R12m Sand­ton apart­ment, while his soon to be ex-wife and son live in Oden­daal­srus.

He was widely con­demned by the out­spo­ken Cosatu gen­eral sec­re­tary Zwelinz­ima Vavi for flaunt­ing his wealth in the face of the mil­lions of poor peo­ple in South Africa.

Kunene wrote an open let­ter to Vavi telling the trade union leader he was jeal­ous be­cause he was not in­vited to the party and that he must take a hike.

He said the R700 000 birth­day party that irked Vavi was noth­ing com­pared with the R800 000 he splurged on an­other bash in his Free State home town of Oden­daal­srus in Au­gust last year.

A month later the former gang­ster or­dered a yel­low Lam­borgh­ini val­ued at around R1,5m and was also said to be in the mar­ket for a helicopter.

He drew at­ten­tion to him­self when he pub­licly said he was a po­lyg­a­mist and that whites are of­ten crit­i­cal of black men with a string of wives while they (whites) have mis­tresses. He also drew flak when he de­clared: We have been made

“by white peo­ple. We are not ashamed to say that.”

HORN BLOWER: Kenny Kunene loves to boast about his past, his present and his so-called polygamy. Pic­ture by Tshepo Kekana

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