Kenny Kunene | Biography, Age, Wife, Children, PA

Quick Facts

Full NameKenny Kunene
Date of Birth21 October 1970 (age 53 years)
Place of BirthNear Odendaalsrus, Free State, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
OccupationBusinessman, Politician, Motivational Speaker, Teacher, Activist
Political PartyPatriotic Alliance (Deputy President)
Previous RolesSecretary-General of the Patriotic Alliance (2013-2014)
EducationAttended Marobe Primary School, Rearabetswe Secondary School, Vista University
Criminal HistoryConvicted in 1997 for running a Ponzi scheme; served six years in prison
Business VenturesFounder of YooKoo Ride (e-hailing taxi app), Club ZAR, seafood distribution business
FamilyMarried to Nonkululeko “MaRemo” Whitney Mhlanga; has five children: Mpho, Thato, Mosa, Remo, Reemona
ResidenceSandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Early Life and Education

Kenny Kunene was born on 21 October 1970 near Odendaalsrus, Free State, South Africa. Raised by his mother and grandparents, his early life was marked by involvement in student politics during the 1980s. At age 15, he was imprisoned for six months due to his participation in student protests.

Kunene attended Marobe Primary School, Rearabetswe Secondary School, and Vista University, later becoming an English and history teacher.


After a stint as a teacher, Kunene ventured into business, eventually facing legal trouble for running a Ponzi scheme in 1997, for which he served six years in prison. Post-incarceration, he turned to motivational speaking and co-founded various businesses, including a seafood distribution company and the e-hailing taxi app YooKoo Ride.

Kunene has been involved in public relations consulting, mining lobbying, and political activism, initially supporting the African National Congress (ANC) before critiquing its leadership and moving on to other political affiliations.

Personal Life

Kenny Kunene is married to Nonkululeko “MaRemo” Whitney Mhlanga and has five children. He is known for his extravagant lifestyle, including controversial “sushi parties” and appearances on reality television shows like So What: Big Money, Big Dreams.

Kunene continues to be a prominent figure in South African business and politics, currently serving as Deputy President of the Patriotic Alliance and as Transport MMC in the city of Johannesburg.

This biography encapsulates Kenny Kunene’s journey from his early struggles and activism to his entrepreneurial ventures and political engagements in South Africa.

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