‘Sushi king’ now tackling gang violence

2013-08-26 11:31
Kenny Kunene (File, Sapa)

Kenny Kunene (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Following a brief stint in politics, businessman and convicted fraudster Kenny Kunene has taken on a project where he will help rehabilitate youths in the gang-riddled Cape Flats.

The Cape Argus reported on Monday that Kunene jetted into Cape Town last week to meet former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie at Brandvlei Prison in Worcester.

Staggie, who has been serving a 15-year sentence since 2003 for ordering to have a teenage girl kidnapped and gang-raped, was expected to begin day parole from 29 September.

Staggie was also convicted of stealing weapons from the Faure police armoury, and sentenced to 13 years to run concurrently with the rape and kidnap sentence.

Kunene is teaming up with his business partner, Gayton McKenzie and former gang pastor, Ivan Waldeck.

Kunene said: “We have been trying to see how we can work together on programmes for the rehabilitation of ex-gang members and also drug dealers. And we started getting involved with pastor Ivan Waldeck who has been working on similar programmes…”

McKenzie, Kunene and Waldeck have also had talks with other gang leaders in the Western Cape but aren’t “at liberty to name them now”.
It was reported last week that Kunene quit his leadership duties with Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. However, he is still a member of the party.

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