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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.

Rob Rose
Financial Mail
15 November 2012

The State proved that Thomson corruptly offered (the offer having been communicated to Shaik)

  • to give a benefit

  • which was not legally due

  • to a person, being Zuma,

  • who had been charged with duties, being the duties set out in s 96(2) of the Constitution

  • by virtue of the holding of the office of Deputy President of the RSA

  • with the intention to influence him

  • to commit or to do an act in relation to such duty. – SCA judgment in S v Shaik

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