Kenny Kunene Biography: Age, Minister, Net Worth, Political Party, Wife, Children, House & Cars

Basic Information

NickName: Kenny Kunene or Sushi King
Real Name: Kenneth Kunene
Occupation: Politician, Businessman, Motivational Speaker, Reality Star
Date Of Birth/Age: 21 October 1970
Place of Birth: Odendaalsrus, South Africa
Gender: Male
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: Mathato Kunene (div. 2012)

Nonkululeko Whitney Mhlanga, (m. 2017)

Education: Vista University (now Central University of Technology)


Kenneth Kunene, known professionally as Kenny Kunene, is a South African ex-convict, businessman, motivational speaker, and former Secretary-General of the Patriotic Alliance. Kunene opened a shebeen where he sold alcohol after work while working as a high school English teacher. He also began engaging in criminal activities, including robberies and fraud. He was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme in 1997. After being found guilty, he served six years behind bars.


Kenny Kunene was born on October 21, 2023, in Odendaalsrus, South Africa. He was raised by his mother (who served as an evangelist and faith healer) and his grandparents. At the time, his grandmother, a midwife, served as the family’s sole breadwinner. Kenny celebrated his 52nd birthday on October 21, 2022.


Kenny Kunene is the deputy president of the Patriotic Alliance.

In February 2023, Kenny Kunene was sworn in as Johannesburg’s Transport MMC. While speaking after the swearing-in, Kunene said his criminal record would not get in the way of his role as an executive member. He also assured that he could be trusted with the city’s public coffers. He said that service delivery was the top priority for the city’s new mayoral committee

In May 2023, he was appointed the City’s acting mayor for two days while Kabelo Gwamanda was out of town. He said, ”

It’s not a difficult task because I am part of the mayoral committee, and we work well with the mayor. I understand the needs that are there – we have mayoral committees. So, I am just warming up the seat until the honourable mayor is back.”

Net Worth

The current estimate of Kenny Kunene’s net worth is unknown. However, in 2019, it was reported that Kenny was worth an estimated R260 million. He has made his wealth from several successful businesses, including his record label, YooKoo Ride (South Africa’s Uber App), and more. He also earns money as a politician in South Africa. Kenny owns several properties in the country.

Political Party

Kenny Kunene was a supporter of the African National Congress until 2013. He wrote an open letter to President Jacob Zuma criticizing his leadership. In July 2013, he briefly joined the Economic Freedom Fighters as a high-profile member of the organization’s “Central Command Team.” He resigned from the organization in August of the same year. Three months later, Kunene became the Secretary-General of the newly formed political party, Patriotic Alliance. He exited the party in 2014 after the national and provincial elections.


Kenny Kunene has been married two times. His first wife was named Mathato Kunene. The couple had kids and divorced in 2012. After their divorce, Kenny began dating other women. He dated radio personality Zama Ngcobo and actress Sophie Ndaba. There are reports that he dated the woman while married to his first wife, Mathato.

He later entered a long-term relationship with Nonkululeko Whitney Mhlanga. In 2017, news broke that they were getting married after four years together. The couple welcomed two children together. Kenny lives with Nonku and her kids, while his ex-wife cares for his other children.


Kenny Kunene is a proud father of five children, his ex-wife Mathato’s kids, and two more with his wife Nonkululeko Whitney Mhlanga since their marriage in 2017. His children are Mpho, Thato, Mosa, Remo, and Reemona. Kenny lives in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, with his wife and two of their children. His other kids live with their mother.


Kenny Kunene owns a mansion in Sandton, Johannesburg.


Kenny owns different cars, including the 911 Porsche Carrera, GTS Porsche Cayenne, BMW 1 Series, and Lamborghini Gallardo Hybrid.

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