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.
I hope you all had a great freedom day and took a moment to cherish the wonder of living in a free country in which the human dignity of all are protected by the Constitution. If we want to honour our freedom (and here comes the sermon – always thought I should have been a dominee or priest) every one of us need to respect the dignity of everyone in the country.
It is so easy to judge someone for how he or she looks, what political party that person supports, what gender he or she is, or whether the person speaks Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu or Shangaan. That is why this video tears me up every time I watch it. It challenges our prejudices and reminds us that we are all deserving of respect because we all have an inherent self worth. Respect.
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