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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
24 November 2010

“The ‘inevitability’ of same-sex marriage in democratic South Africa” vol. 23 (2007) South African Journal on Human Rights 432-465, reprinted in Sexuality and Law Volume I: Family and Youth Ruthann Robson (ed.) (2011).

The Inevitability of Same-sex marriage

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