A few months ago, author William Gumede described Zuma as someone with a narcissistic personality disorder — a set of traits defined by Austrian psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut as “including an exaggerated sense of superiority, a lack of self-awareness about the impact of their behaviour and having a disdain for others, who they devalue to validate their own grandiosity”. These people lack empathy, have a distorted sense of reality and are incapable of seeing anything from anyone else’s perspective. Narcissists like Zuma, Gumede argues, can’t accept responsibility and don’t care if they take down entire countries with them. The events at Nkandla, sadly for Zuma, only reinforced that perspective.
Fikile Mbalula, the deputy minister of police, is the latest member of President Jacob Zuma’s new government to confess a taste for luxury German cars. And his minister, Nathi Mthethwa, spent R235 000 on accommodation for himself and his security detail in one of Cape Town’s top hotels while his official residence was being upgraded. According to a written response to a question from the Democratic Alliance, Mbalula spent R1.6-million on a BMW 740i to use while he is in Gauteng and a Mercedes Benz ML500 with off-road trim and special seats for when he is in Cape Town.- Report in The TimesBACK TO TOP