Kenny swaps sushi for wine

2012-08-05 15:30
Jacques Pauw, City Press
Johannesburg - Has Kenny Kunene traded in his sushi lifestyle to become a wine farmer?

Ex-convict and nightclub king Kunene is at the centre of the ­purchase of a prized Western Cape wine farm once owned by a ­notorious tax dodger.

Kunene and Ukrainian businessman Denys Aloshyn arrived at Quoin Rock Vineyards near Cape Agulhas and submitted the winning bid of R13m for the farm.

When asked this week by City Press if he had bought Quoin Rock, Kunene said: “Yes.”

He said he was on family business in the Free State and promised to provide City Press with ­more details about the purchase, but didn’t answer his phone again.

However, Kunene celebrated his new acquisition on Twitter.

On 28 July  he tweeted: “Thanx 2all who wished me well, I became the highest bidder @da auction n got the farm. God is great.”

Quoin Rock consists of two farms: the 3 000ha farm near Cape Agulhas that Kunene and Aloshyn bought, and the 194ha Quoin Rock Wine Estate near Stellenbosch.

According to the purchase agreement, the Cape Agulhas farm was sold to a South African company with Aloshyn as the purchaser.

Offshore company

The company is registered in the name of, among others, Cape Town chartered accountant Dale Irvine, who said he’d been asked by an offshore company to do the transaction.

Irvine initially said he had never heard of Aloshyn and did not know what Kunene’s involvement was, but later called back to say the offshore company was ­based in Mauritius, and had commissioned Kunene and Aloshyn to purchase on its behalf.

The wine estate was at the centre of the Auction Alliance scandal earlier this year when billionaire businesswoman Wendy Appelbaum bought the Stellenbosch farm for R55m.

She later disputed the legality of the sale, and said she believed she had been the only genuine bidder at the auction and that she had in effect been bidding against herself.

Auction Alliance founder Rael Levitt stepped down as chief executive during the controversy.

Irvine said that the offshore company had instructed Kunene and his partner to buy the Stellenbosch Quoin Rock wine farm too.

The Stellenbosch property is estimated to be worth between R60m and R80m, and is to be sold by tender this month.

The Cape Agulhas farm has two houses, a renovated wine tasting venue and 23ha of prized vineyard.

People who attended the auction said Aloshyn and Kunene did the bidding together and left together.


Quoin Rock was previously owned by tax dodger Dave King and the auction was part of the attempt by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to recover his tax debt.

Sars attached Quoin Rock from King in July last year.

The North Gauteng High Court found in 2002 that King owed Sars R1.4bn in unpaid taxes.

Kunene stepped into the limelight as the co-owner of ZAR nightclub in Sandton.

The club was frequented by the rich and famous, and Kunene became infamous for eating sushi off the bodies of semi-naked women and for throwing lavish parties in his own honour.

He was widely condemned by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi for flaunting his wealth in the faces of millions of poor people in South Africa.

Kunene, who spent six years in prison for fraud, has in the meantime closed ZAR in Johannesburg, although the club in Green Point, Cape Town, is still open.

Kunene was a guest of honour at the wedding of President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Duduzile and is often seen partying with ANC politicians.

It was Kunene’s company that recently organised the ANC’s Northern Cape conference.


  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-05 16:22

    Disgusting little man

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-05 17:33

      @Ntombi Khathi - his attitude of flaunting the wealth that he pretends to have. His boasts on twitter the he is flying to Cape Town in a private jet to buy his own vineyard, his lying tweets were exposed in the Sunday Times to-day that he was merely a proxy for 3 youngsters. That makes him a fraud & a "disgusting little boy".

      nkala.popo - 2012-08-05 17:49

      maybe is a sin 2 b black n be rich,is de any rich black person who is nt corrupt??

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-05 17:53

      @nkala.popo there is no sin in being whatever racially profiled grouping one belongs to, I agree with the corruption aspect though. This gross umfaan loves the limelight & probably paid the new owners to be at the auction to keep his name in lights with his lies on twitter.

      art5SA - 2012-08-06 07:07

      There is ONE THING that money CANNOT BUY....... and that's CLASS... This CONVICT will ALWAYS be a CONVICT... ANC is CRAWLING WITH CONVICTS!

      david.w.bakker - 2012-08-06 12:11

      According to SARS no offer has been accepted yet. If you want to make an offer you have untill the 15 August 2012 to sumbit your offer Kunene is lying.

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-05 17:58

    This braggart should issue a public apology for his untrue utterances on twitter false claims that he has bought a wine farm; On 28 July he tweeted: “Thanx 2all who wished me well, I became the highest bidder @da auction n got the farm. God is great.” He of course will deny this claim as being taken out of context as they usually do when caught out, despicable umfaan.

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-06 08:22

    He went from eating luck star to sushi a great inspiration

  • jbm.moate - 2012-08-06 08:58

    I still want to know how can a convict be a director of any company.... South Africa...

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-06 09:18

    I can just see him loudly anouncing that ''I am really loving this Pee-NOT No-air'' -''eh, Mr Kunene, it's Pee-No Nwah'' KK: ''bring a bottle of that too.''

  • vic.carrots - 2012-08-06 09:42

    Can someone tell us - where did he get money in the first place, to start and run all these business?

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