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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
29 June 2013

[Julius] Malema’s story is powerful because it is deep and it is true. There is a resounding dissonance in this country. Politically, we are equal, and that comes from the present. Socially, we are anything but equal, and that comes from the past. Malema says it better than anyone, and that is why he is in our thoughts.- Jonny Steinberg in Business Day

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