Cape gangsters form political party

2013-12-01 09:09
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Cape Town - Some of Cape Town's most notorious criminals and gangsters have stepped out of their comfort zone and formed their own political party, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The Sunday Times reports that the Patriotic Alliance was formed in October and on Saturday, they held their first media conference after registering with the Independent Electoral Commission last week.

The party is made up of bank robbers, gang bosses, dodgy businessmen and smugglers among others.

Police say the move is a bid to legitimise and organise crime in the Western Cape. Kenny Kunene and convicted bank robber Gayton McKenzie claim to be among the founders along with Hard Livings gang boss Roland Olince and other known criminals.

An old friendship

Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie met in prison more than a decade ago. After their release from jail, McKenzie and Kunene began working together, in 2006, first to publicise McKenzie's motivational talks and later to work in mining, the establishment of the ZAR nightclub franchise and So What, an e.tv reality show based on Kunene's life.

But in May this year McKenzie instructed his lawyers to have their shared business interests unbundled and sold to Kunene, City Press reported.

He said it was mostly Kunene's determination to steer the business towards making pornography that has led to them parting ways.

Both downplayed suggestions that the business split meant the end of their friendship. "No, not at all," said McKenzie.

A ZAR staff member, who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity, said the men had been arguing a lot, with Kunene adamant he will not tone down his public profile.

Read more on:    kenny kunene  |  gayton mckenzie  |  cape town  |  elections 2014

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