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.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing in the face of evil and injustice…. The appointment of Adv Menxi Simelani to the high office of National Director of Public Prosecutions calls us to ask difficult questions: do we honour President Jacob Zuma or do we honour justice? If we honour justice, let us speak up against evil and injustice. – Father Jo Mangaliso Mdhlela, Anglican Parish, Thokoza in a letter to Business DayBACK TO TOP