Sushi and Politics

From Cape Times

Controversial businessman and sushi king Kenny Kunene has cancelled any plans to hold sushi parties amid a storm of protest by the ANC, its women’s league, Cosatu and gender activists.

A contrite Kunene said yesterday it was never his intention to associate the eating of sushi off women’s near naked bodies with the ANC. He accepted the party’s condemnation of the practice, and said he understood its reasons.

“Therefore, I will not be throwing or attending any further such sushi parties as I have nothing but respect for the leadership of the ANC and the guiding principles of the movement.

“Were it not for the work and struggle of these ANC leaders, my leaders, the money that black businesspeople have made since 1994 would not have been possible, and this also applies to me,” said Kunene in a statement sent via his iPad.

Kunene was responding to the outrage that was triggered after photographs were published in the media showing the tycoon eating sushi off a model’s naked torso at a launch party in Cape Town on Saturday night.

On Monday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe condemned Kunene’s sushi parties, adding that the ANC was not in the business of nightclubs but was “a revolutionary movement”.

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