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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
10 October 2014

Claude Leon Foundation LLM Scholarship (UCT), 2015

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarship in Constitutional Governance

Due to late withdrawal of one of the selected candidates, I have 1  LLM scholarships to the value of R80 000 available for a student intending to do a research LLM at UCT in 2015 in public law or related interdisciplinary field.

Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, invites suitably qualified applicants to submit applications for the above LLM scholarship. The successful applicant will be South African citizens who plans to embark on a Master’s degree by dissertation in 2015 in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or other legal and political questions relating to constitutional governance. Candidates who plan to do interdisciplinary research are also welcome. The dissertation will be supervised by the Chair in Constitutional Governance.

  • The successful applicant will have an excellent academic record. In making the selection, the selection panel will take into account the need for scholarship holders broadly to represent South Africa’s racial and gender composition;
  • The scholarship will be awarded for a period of one year;
  • The selected scholar will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance; and
  • The selected scholar will be expected to be in residence at the University of Cape Town.

For further information contact: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za.

Applicants must send a covering letter, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two referees, all available undergraduate degree transcripts and a short (no more than one page) proposal indicating the possible topic of the post-graduate research to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 21 October 2014.

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