Kenny Kunene pursues Cape’s ‘poo protester’

2014-03-02 10:00

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Patriotic Alliance founder Kenny Kunene, who is ­also known as The Sushi King, wants to join forces with expelled ANC councillor and “poo protester” Loyiso Nkohla.

Nkohla was booted out of the ANC this week by the party’s Dullah Omar ­region for bringing the party’s name into disrepute by dumping human faeces at the Western Cape legislature building and at the Cape Town ­International ­Airport last year.

His fellow protester, Andile Lili, was suspended from the party for a year.

Nkohla said Kunene phoned him on Wednesday, two days after the ANC’s press conference.

He said Kunene offered him a place on the newly formed Patriotic Alliance’s national and provincial lists.

Kunene denied inviting Nkohla to join his party or offering him a place on the lists, but admitted he wanted to discuss collaborating in future protest marches.

Kunene denied he had invited Nkohla to join his party or offered him a place on the lists, but admitted he wanted to discuss collaborating in future protest marches.

Nkohla had not yet responded to his invitation to discuss “developments” (around his expulsion) yet, Kunene said.

“As an organisation we are open to anyone who wants to join us and find common ground on the way forward,” he said.

Kunene said he might have a press conference this week announcing defections to his party by “some (who are) senior in their political parties”.

Nkohla was also approached by Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters, and Lili was approached by a delegation from Agang, Nkohla said.

The pair, however, believe their appeal against their sentences to the ANC’s provincial and national structures will be successful.

“For us it is not an option to leave the ANC,” Nkohla said.

He added some ANC leaders in the province were victimising them because of personal gripes.

“They are playing with fire, this is about elections. They know there is a popular following behind us.”

He said the ANC would “suffer” if the party were to fire him and Lili.

An ANC poll in the province showed the EFF was likely to get 2% of the vote and the ANC was on 30%.

“Nkohla controls the informal settlements. Without him the ANC won’t come close to 40%, more like 30 to 35%,” an ANC strategist said this week.

“It will even be difficult to get 35%. If they (actively) campaign against the ANC, it could be very bad. The ANC would be lucky to get 30%.”

Nkohla is also facing expulsion as a councillor from the City of Cape Town, while Lili was expelled as councillor last year.

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