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.
Jeremy Cronin is fooling no-one with his intellectual gymnastics, all done in the name of trying to justify why the leadership of the national liberation movement have sold out the national democratic revolution for big salaries in government, fancy Ministerial cars, a chance to be the next wave of BEE “tenderpreneurs” and denial of the rampant corruption, greed and dishonesty that is a defining feature of this government. What we are witnessing is not liberal counter-revolution, but the demise of this pseudo-Left. If Cronin is to be believed, the forces of what he calls liberalism, are out to destroy the ANC led Alliance and the government through a combination of control of the media, confusion of the ignorant masses and an alliance with ultra-left forces to boot. – Phillip Dexter in an article on PoliticswebBACK TO TOP