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.
On perceived plans to place curbs on the judiciary, Zuma said [in an interview with Redi Tlhabi]: “No arm of government [can] be left alone”. Whether you talk about the legislature, the executive or the judiciary, these are three very vibrant arms of government. To say one is going to be left unattended to is incorrect,” he said. What this means in effect is anyone’s guess. – Ranjeni Munusamy bemoaning the awful vagueness of President Zuma’s answers in a live interview on Radio 702.BACK TO TOP