Kunene joins Economic Freedom Fighters

The controversial businessman and so-called Sushi King made the announcement via Twitter.

FILE: Socialite and the so-called Sushi King Kenny Kunene stops by at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial businessman Kenny Kunene on Monday announced he will be entering South African politics by joining the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

"I am now going full-time into politics as a member and a revolutionary cadre of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement to make it a force to be reckoned with and to contest the next election."

Monday's announcement detailed his decision and reasons for making it.

"I have taken the decision to be part of a collective, working hard and tirelessly to give birth to the Economic Freedom Fighters movement in order to not only take on the challenges facing the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable, but to show the ANC that it's not just me who feels the way I do."

Kunene's statement began by referring to his recent open letter to President Jacob Zuma, in which he slammed the president for various alleged failures and what has become of the ANC under his rule.

He reminds his readers that at the end of that letter he asked, in the spirit of Vladimir Lenin, "What is to be done?" and implies that this announcement is his answer to that.

Kunene said the responses to his letter were mostly insulting to him, but in terms of the actual criticisms he levelled against the ruling party, he argues, "there remains a deafening silence."

The businessman goes on to refer to a cover-up around the president's home in Nkandla and the Gupta's unauthorised use of the Waterkloof Air Force Base as major scandals that are simply being covered-up and ignored.

He said he knew that his criticism of the government would land him in some trouble in time to come.

"We all know how tough life becomes once you dare to cross this government", he said, using Frank Chikane, Vusi Pikoli, Gerrie Nel and Glynnis Breytenbach as examples.

"Your reputation and your livelihood are constantly on the line."

Kunene said he therefore expected the worst from the ANC in the coming months before the election, but asked, "How long are we going to continue allowing these people to scare us?"

Referring to his history of controversy in the public eye, he said, "The life of sushi and my army of women I put behind me."

Kunene described the EFF as "an alternative voice in this country that will be revolutionary."

He added that the formation of the EFF was "not the decision of Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu or Kenny Kunene. It is the better, alternative voice of South Africans who are fed up with living without hope that things will ever change for the better."

He ended the letter with a call for all South Africans to join him and the movement.

"I therefore invite all South Africans who are tired of being lied to, manipulated and treated with arrogance to join the only revolutionary party in this country."

He signed off with, "Yours in revolution, Kenny T Kunene".