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.
Mogalakwena municipality in Mokopane, Limpopo, is facing legal action over the re-instatement of a senior official who was dismissed after being found guilty on several charges. A report in the Sowetan says this follows allegations that the decision to re-instate the official was done on instruction of the ANC. The council has been dragged to the North Gauteng High Court over the reinstatement following allegations that the official was found guilty on 26 different charges. The papers filed with the court by Mahwelereng civic leader Piet Pale show that the ANC in the Waterberg region wrote to Mayor Esther Mothibi, instructing her to convene a special council meeting to reverse the disciplinary hearing’s findings and re-instate municipal director for corporate services, Henry Thobejane. Pale seeks an order to set aside the resolution by the council to re-instate Thobejane because ‘it fails to pass the test of rationality and reasonableness’. Thobejane was charged with, among others, fraud, theft, gross dishonesty, dereliction of duties, unofficial removal of official documents and destroying official information, financial misconduct and failure to carry out lawful instructions. The hearing, chaired by Advocate AP Laka, found him guilty on all 26 charges and recommended that he be dismissed with immediate effect. – LegalbriefsBACK TO TOP