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.
Perhaps one could also assume that the debate on affirmative action and employment equity inside the DA has now been resolved. When a black politician from outside the DA is promoted over the heads of the party’s leader, the party chairman and the parliamentary leader, we are witnessing the application of affirmative action with a vengeance. What recommends Ms Ramphele above all else is her contribution to the liberation struggle. With the exception of Joe Seremane, none of the DA’s long-standing black members made any such contribution. – Pallo Jordan in Business DayBACK TO TOP