Tycoon hits Welkom

2010-10-31 11:39

Businessman Kenny Kunene continued with the second leg of his birthday party in his hometown, Welkom, last night, shrugging off criticism that his lavish celebrations were insensitive to the poor.

But the second leg of the party, held at the local racecourse, was less lavish than the one held in Sandton – where he had spent over R700 000. And it lacked cameo appearances by some of the tycoon’s well-connected friends.

Guests were mainly local civil servants and Kunene’s friends, and were treated to free expensive liquor including bottles of Johnnie Walker Green whisky and Moët & Chandon champagne. Kunene told the guests that he had spent R300 000 on the party and reminded them that he did not care about what anyone – including Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi – thought about how he celebrated his “blessings”.

Vavi had criticised Kunene and other members of the nouveau riche for conspicuous consumption, following reports that Kunene’s Sandton party had featured scantily clad models and one of them had served as a human sushi platter.

There were no models at the Welkom party, but revellers danced the night away to the sound of hip-hop and house music.

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