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Patriotic Alliance eyes W Cape

Kenny Kunene says his party plans on doing very well in the Western Cape.

Kenny Kunene. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Kenny Kunene says the Patriotic Alliance is chiefly focused on achieving success in the Western Cape during next week's elections.

"Overall, we are obviously not looking at taking over South Africa at this point in time, but in the Western Cape we are going to do very well."

Kunene, who is famously known as the 'Sushi King', says the party believes a coalition government will control the Western Cape after the polls.

The ex-convict launched the party, along with convicted bank robber turned businessman Gayton McKenzie, towards the end of last year after quitting as a member of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

He says the decision to establish the party was a result of dissatisfaction with the ANC and the EFF.

"I realised in order for me to find a political home where there is a serious political will that focuses on the people, I needed to form a political party with like-minded people."

Kunene says although the party started campaigning very late due to its late entry onto the political scene, the party is doing well.

He adds that his relationship with McKenzie is very strong.

"Our brotherhood can never be weakened. It has never gone sour. It has always been strong and it remains strong."

He defended McKenzie's open letter to Malema, warning that South Africans need to be careful of the firebrand political leader.

"What this letter sought to achieve is to show a trend in Julius's character. For many years he has been doing certain things and when historians write about dictators, they write the same things; there's a common thread. So I think that's what the letter sought to show that we need to be careful of this person."

Kunene comments that Malema has no respect for anybody and lauded McKenzie for taking him on.

"No one has ever taken him on like that and written a letter that is so truthful and factual. He has bankrupted the ANC Youth League, he has bankrupted Limpopo and himself and now he wants to bankrupt what's left of South Africa."

Kunene, who was recently the subject of a Comedy Central roast, says politicians take themselves too seriously.

"You just need to chill sometimes and have fun with people. People make fun of us all the time so why not bring them together and at least have an opportunity to tell them what you think of them."

He says he was humbled to have been the 'roastee'.

"Roasts aren't just about making fun of you; they are about celebrating your life. You can't just roast anyone; you have to roast somebody who has impacted society in one way or another, whether it's positive or negative. It was a nice experience."

Kunene says the panel, which included the likes of stand-up comedian John Vlismas, musician PJ Powers, Khanyi Mbau and comedienne Tumi Morake, was well-balanced and well-matured.

"The panel was made up of very good people, people who understood what their responsibilities were and what they were up against and whatever they said was in the spirit of comedy and fun."

He added that although he was a bit concerned that British comedian Jimmy Carr wasn't well-versed on local issues, he was pleasantly surprised and said he exceeded his expectations.

Watch EWN's Close Up with Kenny Kunene.

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