Businessman and socialite Kenny ‘Sushi King’ Kunene has given the media quite a lot to write about this year. Earlier this year, he was seen in court supporting Oscar Pistorius in the days after the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend thinking she was a burglar. Kunene then went onto a popular television talk show and candidly spoke about his promiscuous lifestyle. On that show, he introduced a few of his current girlfriends who are proud to be part of his band of women that he adoringly calls ‘The Army’. He also went on radio and shocked presenters by saying that he used to sleep with some of his under-age schoolgirls.
Shortly after that, Kenny Kunene announced that he was seriously considering becoming South Africa’s Hugh Hefner by launching an adult entertainment empire. Kunene’s business partner Gayton McKenzie preferred not to be involved in that business move and split ways with the popular ‘Sushi King’.
On Friday, The Star published Kenny Kunene’s open letter to President Jacob Zuma. The letter is passionately written and one can appreciate that Kunene is a disgruntled supporter of the ANC. Kunene starts his letter by stating the ways that he has shown his support for the ANC throughout the years. He has donated to the ANC and made his facilities available for meetings.
Kunene made reference to the well-known story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. “When they speak to your face, Mr President, they tell you your imperial clothes are very stylish. When they talk to me, and feel they are safe from your army of spies, most of them admit that you, the emperor, have no clothes.”
The Guptas are another reason why Kunene will most likely not be voting for the ANC in the next elections. “But the extent of how much the Gupta family controls you, and by implication this country, has not even begun to be understood.” The ‘Sushi King’ accuses the president of not being loyal to the people who have supported him throughout his trials and scandals including the Shaiks and Julius Malema. He warned the Guptas that they could also experience this side of the president.
Another issue that concerns Kunene is the Free State provincial website that cost an exorbitant amount of money to develop. He wrote that Free State Premier Ace Magushule had become like Zuma in the way that he spends money. “He thinks its okay to blow R40-million (or R140-million, others say) on a website. It’s not a great website either, by the way.”
Kunene longs for the ANC of the past. He is not impressed with the ANC that has a leader who used taxpayer’s money to renovate his home into a “ridiculously overpriced palace”. Kunene is eagerly waiting for the report detailing the Public Prosecutor’s findings about ‘Nkandlagate’ but is worried that the president might find a way for that report not to see the light of day.
The president has not responded to Kenny Kunene who concluded his letter with a question. “I love the ANC, or what it’s supposed to be, but I don’t love your ANC. For those of us who care, the question now is, as Vladimir Lenin asked: “What is to be done?””