SELF-PROCLAIMED blesser Serge Cabonge says the death of Zimbabwean socialite and multimillionaire Genius Kadungure is the biggest loss to the Joburg north social scene.
Kadungure, better known as Ginimbi, the flamboyant king of a life of glamour who set the Joburg and Pretoria social scenes alive, died early on Sunday in a crash in Harare, Zimbabwe. The businessman who hosted “all-white” parties that were the equivalent to P. Diddy’s was driving his R5m Rolls-Royce Wraith when he collided head-on with three other vehicles.
He and his companions were driving from an all-night party at Ginimbi’s own nightclub called Dreams.
Cabonge said though Kadungure died young at 36, he had lived his life to the fullest, and that he was “an idol to many people”.
Kadungure was known for his expensive lifestyle, from clothes to the lavish parties he organised. The jewels in his swanky crown were his flashy cars and mansions.
He will be sent off in grandeur on Saturday, according to Gabonge. He said Kadungure will be buried with a stack of dollars in cash in honour of his extravagant life.
“His funeral service will be an all-white affair,” he said.
Cabonge said the people close to Kadungure decided on the white colour to honour the person that he was.
“He was a man of class, taste and style, and we need to honour that. We are going to bury him with lots of dollars and expensive brandy. Ginimbi was a fan of international brands like Louis Vuitton and Versace. He could wear Versace from top to bottom, including his underwear.”
Tinashe Jonas, president of IDEAL Zimbabwe, defined Kadungure as a shrewd businessman who owned Pioneer Gases which had interests in Zimbabwe, Botswana and SA. He said he loved international labels such as Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Hermes and Rolex among others.
“He was the owner of Dreams Night Club in Harare. When he was dining in restaurants he was a kind of person who tipped waiters because he wanted to leave a financial statement that I am Ginimbi, the Hustler. Showing off was a trademark. Genius hosted parties in his different mansions in Botswana and Johannesburg, where he invited friends, celebrities, beautiful women, musicians, rich people and party animals.”
Cabonge, who met Kadungure five years ago, said he was more than just a friend.
“I am still not fine. It is going to take me long before it sinks in. I had to cancel my international trip and I will be going to Zimbabwe on Thursday to bury him.”
According to Cabonge, Kadungure’s favourite partying spots included Taboo in Sandton, Moloko and Club Harlem in Pretoria. Cabonge said whenever they went out to his favourite spots, the excitement began before Kadungure entered the venue with girls asking for selfies and money. He said Kadungure gave away money easily and once inside the club he reserved a table for his friends and always offered to spoil them with expensive booze.
“Inside the club, he will leave all the people smiling from bartender to bouncer because he would tip them. Once I was with him in Los Angeles and Hollywood. I was shocked at how people were competing to get a selfie with him. Whenever we were travelling internationally he always looked for a place that sells African cuisine.”
Ginimbi’s funeral service on Saturday will be held at his village mansion in Domboshava, 35km north of Harare.