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.
I, Julius Malema, apologise to the president of the ANC and the Republic, comrade Jacob Zuma, and to the membership of the ANC and the public in general for the statements and utterances that I made… implying that the ANC Youth League has taken a position against the president of the ANC. I accept that these statements had the effect of undermining the stature of the president of the ANC and of the Republic. It further may have had the effect of undermining the confidence of our people in the leadership of the ANC and of creating serious divisions and breakdown of unity in the organisation. – Apology by Julius Malema after disciplinary hearing.BACK TO TOP