South Africa, you’re too moral!

By admin
11 February 2011

On the top floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton the ZAR nightclub is earing up for another night of dancing, booze and sexy women – but not sushi served on half-naked models.

The party trick that rocketed club owner Kenny Kunene (40) to fame – or infamy – isn’t on the menu. And right now he’s still sleeping off last night’s partying.

But shortly after 2 pm the shaven-headed party king pitches up. ‘‘I don’t want to be on page 40, okay? It must be a big story,’’ the former maths teacher says with a twinkle in his eye.

Surprisingly the former jail inmate claims that beneath his bling and champagne-swilling behaviour is a committed Christian.

He’s a member of the Episcopal Church and on his birthday he attends a service in Witbank and throws a party for kids.

The wealth, he says without explaining, came from negotiating mining rights for businessmen.

What’s his response to those who criticised him for the sushi escapade? ‘‘South Africans try to be too moral,’’ he says defensively. ‘‘The unknown is often greeted with horror and opposition.’’ Besides, SA’s entertainment industry is much too conservative, he adds.

‘‘I find it strange the sushi thing caused such a fuss. It’s as if the protesters say women can’t make their own decisions – it’s actually a slap in the face for them. This attitude turns women into victims. Even when they don’t need defending they’re being defended.’’

Will he ever stop partying? ‘‘No way – I’m the king of parties. I’ll carry on for as long as my knees can carry me.’’

And he always wears shades (not sunglasses, please) because ‘‘they make me stand out. – besides, my eyes turn women’s knees to jelly so it’s best I hide them’’.

And criticism means little to him. ‘‘If you’re being criticised at least it means you’re someone. I refuse to be a nobody.’’

Read the full interview with Kenny in YOU, 17 February 2011.

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