Kenny Kunene in war of words with DA's Mmaimane

2013-04-16 10:57
Cape Town - Sushi king Kenny Kunene has continued his charm offensive on Twitter, lashing out at the DA's Mmusi Maimane for a column in which he decries Kunene’s negative influence on the young.

In his column published in The Sowetan's Sunday World, the DA's Johannesburg caucus leader Mmusi Maimane wrote that he believed businessmen like Kunene provided "a destructive example of what success means".

"If I were ever to meet Kenny, I would want him to realise the significance of his influence on young people," Maimane writes. "The level of exposure he receives comes with responsibility. It's tragic that he would use his high profile to promote such destructive behaviour."

Kunene's threatening, expletive laden response to Maimane then exploded online:

When his tweet was met with accusations of threatening to rape Mmaimane’s wife, Kunene remained dogged in his response, but appeared to backtrack on his loaded tweet:

Maimane's considered response:

On Saturday Kunene caused outrage with comments in which he appeared to have admitted to sex with underage students during his days as an English teacher in the 90s.

In an interview with Phat Joe on Metro FM, Kunene said: "When I was a student, I had multiple girlfriends; and when I was a teacher I also had multiple girlfriends, so it is not of my current financial situation."

When statutory rape accusations were levelled at him, Kunene again seemed to backtrack, saying some of the students he had sex with were older than him. He also later claimed, in a now-deleted tweet, that he is "gang raped" by the flock of women with whom he shares his bed - and loved it. He claims to have as many as 15 girlfriends with whom he has one night stands.

Kunene told Eyewitness News that he did not condone rape and was exercising his right to express himself. "If you don’t want me to offend you, then don't mention my name," he said.

Jen Thorpe, editor of FeministsSA wrote that Kunene's claims needed to be investigated. "He's seriously belittling the experiences of rape survivors, especially gang-rape survivors, by making it seem as if it’s something enjoyable and pleasurable, when in fact the whole definition of rape is that it's not voluntary," she wrote.

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