Vavi told to 'go to hell'

2010-10-29 08:14

Cape Town - Business tycoon Kenny Kunene on Thursday launched a seething attack on Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, after Vavi criticised his lavish birthday party.

"Vavi, go hang or go to hell," Kunene wrote in an open letter.

Vavi had slated Kunene's luxurious lifestyle at a conference in Boksburg on Wednesday, referring specifically to a "R700 000" birthday party Kunene held to celebrate his 40th birthday, during which sushi was served on the bodies of half-naked women.

ANC top brass including youth league leader Julius Malema and presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa were among the guests.

Insult to the poor

Vavi said this new elite sets a poor example and is an insult to the poor. "It makes me sick," he added.

Kunene said on Thursday in response to Vavi's comments that he would like to "correct your misapprehension that my party cost R700 000. It cost more".

He said Vavi should be ashamed of himself for aiming his attacks at "aspiring young people" who happen to be millionaires.

"You are opposed to successful young people - whether the success is political or financial success. You make me sick."

Vavi on Thursday refused to comment on Kunene's letter. "I won't be drawn in. Who is he?"

However, Vavi later said: "I can't roll around in the mud with a pig. One would never win."

Vavi's lavish wedding

According to Kunene, Vavi begrudges young people's success, and also has "enough experience" of a luxurious lifestyle.

"Two years ago you had a lavish wedding with horse-drawn carriages no less. If you are really so concerned about the poor, why don't you stop wearing designer shirts? Why don't you sell your house and go and live in a shack?"

Kunene, who admits in the letter that he has clashed with the law in the past, also said when young people see him and hear his life story, they see a true alternative to crime.

"Just have a look at my Facebook profile if you want proof."

Vavi should also not expect an invitation to Kunene's next party, stated the letter.

"I'm not a worker and you represent the working class. Therefore my party is certainly not the place for you. But you were more than willing to attend (billionaire) Robert Gumede's R50m wedding. You went without complaint, so must we conclude that lavish parties are okay, as long as you are invited to them?"

  • Pietie - 2010-10-29 09:04

    And so the circus continues...

  • Pieter - 2010-10-29 09:06

    I have to agree that it is an insult to the poor, given the situation in South Africa. I do not care if it Sol Kerzer, Kunene, Malema, Zuma, Louis Luyt, Anton Rupert or whoever, but if you WASTE money like this, it is a disgrace.

    I do not begrudge him his wealth, if he has worked for it he deserves it, but with that wealth, in a country like South Africa there is a need to be seen to act with responsibility, humility to send the right message to youth which is that even when you are wealthy, think of others in a less fortunate position first.

  • A REALIST - 2010-10-29 09:06

    Personally, I think it is vulgar to spend so much money on a party! However, having said that, it may just be because I don't have that kind of money. Nicely answered, Mr. Kunene.
    Mr. Vavi's invitation probably got lost in the mail, which is why he is not a happy chappy. Sour grapes, methinks.

  • Jualette - 2010-10-29 09:08

    Do not forget what caused the French Revolution. The way the present Government members or supporters are behaving will give reason for the masses to revolt. Watch this space.

  • Viva - 2010-10-29 09:09

    Come come comrade. That’s not the sprit

  • JJ - 2010-10-29 09:09

    Tell him boy

  • Brenton - 2010-10-29 09:12

    Easier to fight for ones principle, than to live them. There are many young people who are like Kunene, but quite have his means who will agree with Vavi - but in 10 years time they will be doing the exact same when they have the riches.

  • Al - 2010-10-29 09:16

    Vavi should understand that Kunene (hopefully) used his own money and that he can use it as he wishes. Vavi must also realise that wealth creates more wealth, especially in a free economy.

  • Winston - 2010-10-29 09:18

    LOL!!!!!! you tell him!

  • Tumi - 2010-10-29 09:18

    Lol, what a joke

  • Ziani - 2010-10-29 09:18

    Great response Kunene,its time for vavi to mind his footsteps and what he says and do. it must have been a very nice party for vavi to comment.

  • Kate - 2010-10-29 09:21

    How crass - talk about nouveau riche!

  • 50 CALIBER - 2010-10-29 09:22

    @ Jualette
    Well said. I have been saying it for quite a while now.
    To zuma and all his cronies:-

  • shaun - 2010-10-29 09:22

    I Love it! It is time that successful people, black or white, stop being so "apologetic" or "guilty" for their ability - A real South African problem. Go Kenny, Well done!!

  • Anon40 - 2010-10-29 09:22

    Tell him wenaKenny his such a hypocrite!!

  • liko - 2010-10-29 09:24

    Please give Kenny's e-mail address oi would like to make an application for employement
    my contract is ending in November and i desparetly need a job

  • Leilah - 2010-10-29 09:25

    "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others"...

  • Nigel - 2010-10-29 09:25

    I do not know if he aquired the money as a tenderpreneur or with some other ANC type fraud but Vavi must remember his spending that sort of money puts it back into the economy and will have helped many people with jobs.Think catering staff,farm workers,factory workers etc will all benefit from the money being used

  • Iain - 2010-10-29 09:26

    Well done Kenny. Excellent reply. I am a white 48 year old born and bread into the old dispensation and yet I do not begrudge anybodies success- as long all is above board and legal.

  • Shinga - 2010-10-29 09:27

    Well we could all throw lavish parties if we were given favours by the government, so many newly rich are there because of being given favours, how does one go from nothing to millionaires within a decade...there are a small majority that did and still do work hard on their own abilities and well done to them, the rest enjoy it while you can it will all be gone as your wealth is temporary dependant on the government of the day.

  • J - 2010-10-29 09:27

    Anyone can spend their money anyway they please as long as it is legitimately earned. Pity Kunene has such poor taste in friends/guests. Malema at his party - REALLY - how embarrassing!

  • M'gravu - 2010-10-29 09:29

    I dont see anything wrong with Kunene spending all that money. As long as it's within SA...Personally i wud do the same if i had a lot of money. Instead of keeping it in a bank. Its called money circulation.

  • Thabiso - 2010-10-29 09:29

    It's his money he has a wright to spend it how ever way he feels. Vavi must just eat a chill peel.

  • Hohum - 2010-10-29 09:29

    ..and they put the tiny crosses where come next election :)

  • SuperCal - 2010-10-29 09:30

    the more you spend my brother the more you recycle into society....its not the millionaires that spend that are dangerous, but rather the ones that stash the bucks that cause the problem.....keep earning and my book thats contribution to society....Vavi u r a peanut....a jealous peanut but a peanut never the less

  • Why - 2010-10-29 09:31

    Why is this a issue, he made his money so he can spend it like he likes. He basicly gave that money away. Party would have had waiters, barman ect. Giving back to the poor. I say well done!!!

  • Andrew - 2010-10-29 09:31

    It's sad someone is so desperate to impress. A very 'new money' attitude. A couple of generations down the line it'll be much better I'm sure. Then again maybe not.

  • JB - 2010-10-29 09:33

    If you have the money, worked hard for it and ' Obtained it Legaly '
    You have the right to spend it as you wish.

  • Louis - 2010-10-29 09:34

    It's his money! He has the right to do with it whatever he pleases! It's not a case of my tax money spent by the government on oversees holidays, expensive body-guards or once-off inaugarational parties. Good on Kunene for being a successful businessman and example to other entreperneurs. He has the right to do with his money as he pleases :o)

  • webb - 2010-10-29 09:38

    Well here's the thing - did Mr Kunene get rich through his own stand alone business or through the usual BEE or tenderpreneur deals. If the former, then good luck and well done to you - if the latter then you have proven nothing except clamouring on the "cadre" gravy train together with the like of Malema and his comrades. If that is the case, i'm with VAVI.

  • Robert - 2010-10-29 09:40

    I agree with Vavi.... HOWEVER Vavi, your little power struggle with the govenment and your strikes have forced companies to close and people to loose jobs... Bit of irony here... During the strikes, BMW was out to inspect the plant as they were making a decision where to build a new series. They dropped South Africa after the strikes, wonder how many jobs would've been created here.... Kettle calling the pot black....

  • robgun - 2010-10-29 09:40

    If his fortune was made honestly then who cares how he spends it.... We seem to have a problem in this country where some people seem to think that others fortunes should be "nationalized". Get real! I don't have the kind of money for exorbitantly priced parties but if someone told me how to spend my money i'd tell them to piss off.

  • comucapi talist - 2010-10-29 09:41

    always see the big picture... the more you earn the more tax you pay maybe this gentleman could write alot of the costs off as tax claims who knows but lets be less personal in future comments ie why does Vavi pick out 1 individual... how much does Comrade J Mal ema spend on 1 night out.....

  • MyMula - 2010-10-29 09:41

    I don't see anything wrong with Kunene spending R700,000 or more of his own hard earned cash which ever way he deems. Lets be logical: The money was sitting in his account, so it was not in circulation, then he paid for sushi, the ladies, fine wine and all that goes with the party. Where did the money go...simple, from his account to several people's account that provided services. That is supporting and creating jobs at the same time. With what he did, I recommend him. He might have hidden the money in overseas account but he chose to spend it locally by having a good time and supporting other businesses as well. Isn't that what economics is all about?

  • Neo - 2010-10-29 09:42

    Poor Semenya does not have a sponsor, or simply an endoser, maybe you can help her...

  • Johannes - 2010-10-29 09:43

    People love the word "circus". I am starting to wonder if they know what it means.

  • Matt - 2010-10-29 09:45

    Are there really comments that take Kunene's side? Wow! What really gets me is the ANCYL will tear down toilets in the Western Cape 'cos they're enclosed in wood and tin, not brick and mortar, BUT when they're 'comrade' Julius goes to these types of parties, stuffing his already fat enough face on expensive sushi, nothing is said?

    This kind of behaviour is out right disgusting! I am in no way opposed to young people, regardless of race, making millions, the question I want to know though is whether some of their millions go into charities or a bursary to help others every now and then? Spend millions on a party for all we care, but this selfish life style of the young 'comrades' is shocking! Me, me, me! this mentality is whats dragging the whole damn country down! remember 'comrades', Zimbabwe is full of 'millionaires' that can't even afford a loaf of bread! keep stuffing your pockets, 'cos when the rand goes plummeting, OUR poor can't go any further south like the Zimbos did and they're gonna come after you and your Beemerz with the cheeky personalised number plates...

  • FYI - 2010-10-29 09:47

    Oh Please, it's not tax payer's money he spent, but his own. He worked for it, he can spend it however he sees fit.

  • Thabo Sibiya - 2010-10-29 09:48

    Guys, Guys, Guys....all of you are wrong, this guy chose to blow his money on a birthday party, what about people buying multimillion rand houses? I beleive it's an insult to the poor to live in a multimillion rand house or have a so called holiday house if poor people live in please...leave the poor guy;s his money and he can do what ever he wishes with it, if he wants to blow it all on parties, it's his choice. this is absolute bull that a person should be afraid to spend their money as they wish.....gees if i were a multi millionare I would buy expensive cars, it will be my money, I would give to charity if I want to, I don't have to.....gees this make me mad....

  • pro poor - 2010-10-29 09:48

    Greed of this nature is an insult to the poor.Mr Kunene has a right to celebrate but within reason. How does he sleep at night knowing that his fellow citizens are going without a basic meal, education, shelter? How many people could have been fed with R700 000 -00. And Mr Malema you still think you are pro-poor ? Please get a reality check!

  • Geezy - 2010-10-29 09:49

    If Mr Kunene worked hard to get to were he is and he was fortunate to make those millions, why must he not spend it in the manner which it pleases him. What would be the point of making money if you are going to be told what you should and should not be spending it on. It's not like he was spending the tax payers money. Vavi can go to hell, as if he lives a poor life style.

  • Pire - 2010-10-29 09:50

    And so the fights starts. The ANC is cracking up, all their partners are turning against them. Not long before we have a zanupf & mdc situation. Vavi however is correct. R700 000 is allot of promised houses. 17 year later and people still wait. Atleast here in the cape you can see the progress in just a few years since the DA took over. Houses popping up in the townships etc. Nice to see how a country should be run...

  • J - 2010-10-29 09:50

    I also stare in wonder at Vavi, Julius, et al who sit in their Armani suits en expensive outfits at press conferences and lament the "downtrodden poor"... who they of course count themselves as being part of.
    What gets me, is that the masses don't think it strange, and believe every word these bigots spew. These people don NOT work for your betterment, but for their own - kick them out!!!

  • Cranny - 2010-10-29 09:52

    Kenny, you talk like an idiot, indded its an insult to the poor, now the question is have you ever thought of donating any sort of amout to the starving nation, can you rather be on the media with something good, e.g Kenny donated R700 000 to different welfares for Orphans no, you have the gut to tell us that your party did not even cost R700 000 but more. you are a fool, but i am not surprised anyone who hangs around or with Julius Malema is just a idiot with a big rotten mouth.

  • GW - 2010-10-29 09:54

    If money earned by Kunene is above board and not through dodgy back hand deals then he can spend whatever he wants. The only down side i think is the way he spent it.If i had the money to spend i would certainly not waste it on cheap woman and silly fish cakes. Vavi is doing well 90% of the time but must also learn to shut his mouth at times. Nobody is surprised that old Malema is around. This young boy does not learn.

  • Janneman - 2010-10-29 09:55

    ...if revolt is necessary, why stop it?

  • Revolt - 2010-10-29 09:57

    I wonder how much of Mr. Kunene's money is legal. I mean we have businessmen that is as sharp as nails in SA and they do not even have that kind of money. Lets face it Mr. Kunene is not that sharp.

  • James I - 2010-10-29 09:58

    Vavi is right. Too many affirmative fat cats.

  • GT - 2010-10-29 09:59

    Life has taught me that anyone spending that amount of money on a party is spending money that they never earned teh hard way or stole. It is a fact of life, you NEVER see self made, hard working millionaires peeing money away. It isnt a BEE thing only, although the number is the BEE world are staggering.

  • Foofoo - 2010-10-29 09:59

    And so the wheel turns... Now the young capitalists are telling the old socialists to go to hell. Capitalism is here to stay and the communists had better get used to it.