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Kunene: I won't be an MP

Kenny Kunene says more experienced people can represent the PA in Parliament.

Kenny Kunene says there are more experienced people who can represent the Patriotic Alliance in Parliament. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Newly formed Patriotic Alliance's Kenny Kunene says he will not be going to Parliament because the party has people with parliamentary experience who are more suitable than him.

Kunene and his business partner Gayton McKenzie launched the party on Saturday.

McKenzie is president of the party while Kunene serves as the secretary general.

He told the Redi Tlhabi Show that he would not be going to Parliament.

"I won't be going to Parliament nationally or provincially. Remember, we are a national and not a provincial party and will be competing nationally. However, 60 percent of our focus will be in the Western Cape because there we are not looking for seats. We want to unseat the DA. We want to capture that power so that we can deliver to our people."

He also accused the DA of neglecting the poor in that province.

"The DA is just playing racial votes to protect white monopoly capital. They started in the Western Cape. They put coloured people in the forefront. They won in the Western Cape and now they are saying they are going to Gauteng. They are looking for black votes and they are putting black faces in the forefront."

Kunene says several people, including former gangster Rashied Staggie, are members of the party.

"The ex-gang members are not going to play any role. They are members of the organisation like any other person who would join, like a pastor who we also have as members. We also have practicing lawyers and former politicians as members."

Earlier this year, Kunene left the ANC and joined the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

However, in August he left the party.

He says there are no hard feelings between him and the EFF.

"It was my decision to leave. However, I discussed it with the leadership and they understood my reasons. I left without any grudges."

Over 100 political parties will contest the upcoming general elections.

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