Controversial businessmen, Kenny Kunene made headlines again when news of him negotiating to rejoin the ANC he once criticised in his hostile open letter to President Jacob Zuma surfaced. He held a meeting with President Zuma recently in order to apologise for calling him a monster and a tyrant in his open letter.
Politics is indeed a dirty game – people seem to change their minds all the time and are uncertain about which party is the best or serves their personal interests. Kenny Kunene is no exception. In July, he wrote an open letter that was shared on several media platforms.
An extract from the open letter he wrote to the president accusing him of being heartless and controlled by the Guptas (the wealthy family who managed to land their plane full of guests at the Air Force Base Waterkloof in May this year) read: “You show no loyalty even to those who kept you out of prison. After the Shaik and Julius Malema, the Guptas must know that you can drop them faster than they could drop your name. In your quest for self-preservation, you have become heartless.”
Not long ago, the ‘Sushi king’ (as he is affectionately known in the entertainment industry) vowed to leave his extravagant and party lifestyle behind and joined the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) that was formed by the expelled ANC Youth League leader, Julius Malema. “I am now going full-time into politics as a member and a revolutionary cadre of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement to make it a force to be reckoned with and to contest the next election. Why this movement? The answer is that the majority of people I have interacted with are telling me we need an alternative voice in this country that will be revolutionary,” he explained.
In August, he was singing a different tune and announced that he was quitting his position as head of campaigns and special projects, said will no longer be part of the EFF‘s central command team after considering a lot of things.
Politics is a ‘push-push’ game – everyone wants to be on top. Changing parties seems to be the new trend in politics. Kenny Kunene is not the only one who changes political parties. In 2009, ANC’s member of parliament, Nosimo Balindlela left the ANC to Congress Of the People(COPE) and surprised the country again when he moved to Democratic Alliance(DA) in 2012.