Quote of the week

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
6 December 2006

Freedom of speech and the old Flag

Can SA Rugby ban the old South African flag at rugby games? In this morning’s Die Burger I argue that they can.

Should SA Rugby ban the old flag? I would say yes, they should because their image is at stake and waiving the flag at a rugby game somehow implicates all of us who watch the game in a yearning for apartheid.

Should the old flag be banned by Parliament? I would say absolutely NO, because that would suppress unpopular political speech, which can only be bad for democracy.

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