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.
There has been rumblings amongst some politicians about the “untransformed” Springbok rugby team. I am a firm believer in transformation in sport, but I am an even firmer believer in the firm torso of Bryan Habana and those long legs of JP Pietersen. Having them both on the field makes it worth watching the Springboks. May they both score tries tomorrow!
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