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
31 March 2009

Pity they are not on the ballot…

The Social Justice Coalition will be holding a protest meeting on Thibault Square in Cape Town on Saturday morning from 12 a.m. to protest the Dalai Lama decision, the arms deal corruption and the dismal service delivery. Their plan of action states that they demand a commitment by all political parties to:

  • Always act in solidarity with marginalised people by actively promoting the bill of rights and the UN declaration of human rights, both locally and internationally, and make decisions based on its principles;
  • Enforce the principle that all are equal before law
  • Protect the independence and integrity of the courts and allow for due judicial process without political interference;
  • Prioritise the needs of the poor, disenfranchised and most vulnerable;
  • Work actively to stamp out racism, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, religious discrimination and homophobia;
  • Ensure that corporations locally and globally engage in fair trade with fair labour practices and openness in financial institutions.

Pity they are not on the ballot because then I could vote for a party in whose principles and values I actually believe. See you there?

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