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Friday, 22 July 2011

Black-run municipality in total disarray

zuma-noteHere is a prime example of the state of affairs at the typical local municipality in South Africa.  In short it can only be described as a total breakdown of financial controls and corporate governance.

Related links: The state of our municipalities




Source: Praag

Bloemfontein - Managers and officials of the Setsoto local municipality could face criminal and disciplinary charges over allegations of theft, fraud and corruption, the Free State government said on Thursday.

Free State Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Mamiki Qabathe ordered a probe into the municipality after protester Andries Tatane died in service delivery protests earlier this year.

In an executive summary of its report released on Wednesday, it found that the municipality was in total disarray with no proper management and financial control.

It was totally unstable because of widespread theft, fraud and corruption.

The investigation found that supply chain management department staff were often coerced by senior managers into making orders that were against policy.

It recommended that the municipality's director of corporate services be suspended and investigated over alleged illegal staff appointments and the unauthorised buying of vehicles.

The chief financial officer should also be suspended and disciplined for allegedly buying 90 desktop computers at inflated prices.

The municipality’s IT officer should also face disciplinary charges over the employment of his fiancĂ©e at the municipality.
The investigators also recommended that two demand and acquisition clerks be suspended pending criminal investigation of fraud and corruption.

Another clerk in the same department should be sent on precautionary leave pending a forensic investigation.

Co-operative governance spokesperson Ntai Mokhitli said the full report could not be released because of the pending disciplinary charges against some officials.

In the summary, investigators indicated that the Meqheleng Concerned Citizens (MCC) group under whose leadership most of the protests were conducted had some "personal interests" in the Setsoto local municipality.

One of the findings was that the MCC wanted "our comrades" to be appointed at the municipality.

The investigators said that in a letter from the MCC to the municipality on March 25, a request was made for "intervention and collaboration in the filling of the vacant advertised posts".

In the letter, the MCC said it would be "appropriate" for the accounting officer to give 18 of "our people" employment in the municipality.

"All this will count in your favour as the municipality," the MCC wrote.

"We’ll provide you with the list of all our comrades today, March 25 2011."

Earlier, MCC spokesperson Sam Motseare said this allegations and others were not true.

"It's a blatant lie," he said.

The Setsoto municipality covers the towns of Ficksburg, Senekal, Clocolan and Marquard.

Mokhitli said the report and recommendations were tabled before the Setsoto municipal council last week.

The department would closely monitor the implementation of the recommendations.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Corruption eclipses sunshine

I don’t have a very high regard for journalists.  One only has to look at liberal and leftist bias in everyday reporting, especially with the major media outlets, to realise that most have forgotten the concept of supplying worthy reading material.  Objective reporting is as scarce as rocking horse poo.

But once in a while somebody comes along to set the standard again.  Somebody with the ability to look beyond political correctness, playing the race card and peddling the blame game.  Somebody who, well, says it like it is.  No strings attached.

I might actually be convinced that journalism isn’t dead…


From Times Live, by Justice Malala:

justice_malala_COLUM_39830aIn the early 1990s South African cynics coined a phrase that they gleefully used to denigrate journalists who saw the positive side of the changes the country was going through.

As Nelson Mandela and his comrades were released from jail, the ANC and other liberation movements were unbanned and exiles returned home, these "optimistic" journalists wrote about the non-racial country we were being given and the inclusive future we had the possibility of building.

Yet the cynics kept having a go at them. South Africa, they said, would go the way of all Africa: wars, poverty, and corruption.

The journalists were accused of "sunshine journalism". They were told they were blind to "the real ANC" and its communist allies. They were told the country would implode in 1994.

South Africa did not implode. Instead, under the wisdom of Mandela and the steady hand of Thabo Mbeki, what followed were 14 fat years of economic growth and stability. Don't get me wrong - there were massive failures as well under these two presidents, but the trajectory was upwards and onwards.

I have always been a sunshine journalist. Whenever I have attended ANC meetings and been confronted by angry loyalists asking why I criticise them, my answer is simple: "I criticise out of love for this country."

I see a future for South Africa and, therefore, like the members of the ANC and other parties, I also want the best for it. The most patriotic thing I can do for my fellow citizens is to write, and write again, and continue writing. Even when I am at my most critical, the point is that I am critical to help, somehow, right the wrongs that afflict us.

I am making this point because it is becoming harder to be an optimist in South Africa. Corruption is becoming endemic and it is destroying virtually everything that we stand for and hold dear.

It is becoming impossible not to, every so often, shake one's head and wonder if the cynics were right.

I am reminded of Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel's report a few weeks ago. It contains three haunting paragraphs. They read: "Political change brings no guarantee of social, economic or indeed political progress. Throughout history many civilisations, empires and countries have experienced dramatic decline rather than progress .

"The indicators most often associated with decline include rising corruption; weakening of state and civil society institutions; poor economic management; skills and capital flight; politics dominated by short-termism; ethnicity or factionalism; and lack of maintenance of infrastructure and standards of service.

"Elements of these indicators are already visible in South Africa, though their strength and prevalence is uneven and differs from sector to sector. If they become more prevalent, the country's progress could be stalled, its gains reversed and even the foundational aspects of democracy unravelled."

Corruption in South Africa has now reached unspeakable levels. It is spoken of as if it is part of the norm. For many of us, it is now part of doing business with the government. For many citizens, it is just part of what we have become.

I spoke to a group of women last week who casually agreed that they would buy their driver's licences. Why? They believe that driving inspectors will fail them just so they should pay bribes. These are intelligent individuals with degrees - and they have lost all faith in the system.

Can I blame them? Last week, Cosatu asked why President Jacob Zuma had not lifted a finger on acts or accusations of clear corruption in his administration. Cosatu cited several of these acts.

First, Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka allegedly used taxpayers' money to visit a girlfriend in jail in Switzerland. Months after the scandal, Zuma has done nothing.

Second, Northern Cape ANC chairman and finance MEC John Block is still in his office despite charges of corruption and fraud.

New allegations on the arms deal have come up. Zuma has not acted. Why not?

When a newspaper sent questions to Zuma's spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, he sent an SMS saying: "No comment."

There are so many instances of cronyism, downright corruption and bribery, the whole thing has become farcical.

The ANC as a party is not much help. Its investment arm, Chancellor House, is an example of high-level looting of state resources.

There is no leadership on the issue. The Zuma family is so mired in controversy, the president cannot move.

South Africa has brilliant sunshine even in the middle of winter. Increasingly, though, it seems that's all we've got. And that cannot build a country.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

12 Reasons why Africans are poor, miserable & pitiable

african_dictatorsI share the same sentiment towards some of my own race as this African does towards his countrymen.  There are few things on this planet which abhor me more than people with a sense of entitlement only whilst displaying no responsibility whatsoever.  For all the good done by social benefits to those really in need, the evils created in allowing those whose only intent is abusing the system and living an entire life off “government” hand-outs greatly outweigh the good.

You will search far to find better examples of “white trash” than in countries like the United Kingdom.  And I use this term sparsely, as I find it a disgrace to my race.  People, totally able and capable of working, with no intent of ever doing so.  Because they have tasted the life of never-ending provision paid for by the sweat of others.

A close second on my list are those that lack the will to think for themselves.  In many cases you will find they are the same people covered in number 1 on the list, as it appears that living a life off continual supply by others has the very unfortunate effect that it also strips you of the will to think.  Which probably explains why these people think it is government which “supplies”.

Apart from finding these people without apparent ability to think for themselves in the bowels of society, they seem to frequent the elite circles too.  Think of the typical white liberal and it isn’t difficult to see they will never be prepared to live in the world they so insistently preach for others to accept as the norm.  You find many of them with their grounding in some private school where their comprehension of other cultures are based solely on interaction with those from similar elitist backgrounds.  And of course I am not referring to everybody here, but just as the majority of those “benefits for lifers” lack thinking caps, the elitists seem to lack reason and sense of reality.

The above explains why I don’t believe in unconditional aid to Africa either.  Over and above the inefficient application due to corruption, is the overriding fact that you are applying the worst practices of the first world (the social benefit system) to the worst problems of the third.  It could only ever work when people realise they have to do something themselves, which essentially entails that they have to work.  Strangely enough, in some of the poorest of eastern and Asian countries, people know this is the only solution – to work, do something for yourself.  Which means that you need to think first…

from Idang Alibi, All Africa:

Albert Einstein who is acknowledged as one of the brainiest men that ever lived on the surface of the earth once said that the average human uses less than 10 per cent of the brain God has given to him.

Whether out of a sense of modesty or he was seriously speaking the truth, he said further that even he himself (who had such a high reputation for accomplishing much with his brain) did not use more than that 10 per cent. . If this assertion is correct and if other races use less than 10 per cent of their installed capacity for production, I can safely say that we Black people use less than one per cent of our installed brain capacity for reasoning, inventing and producing things.

Why do I say so? Our race seems so averse to thinking and this helps to explain why we have achieved so little in terms of socio-political organisation, scientific and technological inventions, economic and material development and in all other indices of human progress or development. Please do not accuse me of being harsh on ourselves. I say this out of patriotic anger and disappointment and there is truth in what I am saying.

I have said several times that this earth that God has made our habitation is a work-in-progress. God deliberately did not 'complete' creating a perfect world for us his children to just dwell in it without a care for anything but to tend it, subdue it and make it to suit our requirement because he did not intend us to be robots, but to be thinking and creative beings who will be his partners-in-progress.

That is why God did not build houses for us to just inherit and live in, once we are born; but He created limestone, clay, sand, water and granite for us to figure out how we can convert them to building materials and use them in making for ourselves habitable houses. God could have made us furniture but he instead made for us tress so that we can fashion out from them wood and turn them into the kind of furniture we desire.

With thinking or creative faculty bestowed upon us we are meant to put our brains to work. But we the Blacks are the least willing or the least able of all the races to put our brains to productive work.

Our refusal, so to say, to use our brains and think out solutions to the challenges confronting us is the number seven reasons why we are the way we are--poor, miserable and pitiable.

We Blacks everywhere are too willing to resign ourselves to any situation in which we find ourselves. The Black man can remain in a ghetto environment for centuries without thinking about how to improve his circumstances. Government will not care about him and he will not care about himself. Go to any African country: the same type of grass-thatched round mud house that our ancestors of pre-historic times lived in is the same type of houses many of our people are still living in today. This does not in any way show a people who regard life as a continuing battle to conquer and subdue the earth so we can live a better life than our forebears did. This shows a people who do not sit down and use their brain for their own good.

From the little reading I have done, I have discovered that every great civilisation that has ever been built was done so based on certain ideas: the wise elders of the people of that material time sat together and reasoned among themselves and decided that they needed to follow certain principles of life before they can grow and develop. It is said that ideas rule the world. They indeed do. Every country that is known as great is built on an idea or a set of ideas. Any discerning person who visits any country for the first time, will know what ideas, or if any ideas at all, informed the building of that country. You will know if a country is built to confer the greatest good on the greater number of the people or is meant for the elite or is a looters' haven.

Europeans who fled from religious persecution to the new world of what is today America decided that they will embrace what we call today Protestant Ethic namely frugality, liberty, hard work, discipline and the pursuit of happiness. Employing these principles they proceeded to build a country that has become an empire still bulling the rest of us in the world today.

About fifty years ago the tiny city-state island of Singapore was a dirt poor place, even more backward than some of the countries in present day Africa. One man, who can be called the island's philosopher-king according to the prescription of Plato, sat down, thought hard and decided that certain things needed to be done to take Singapore from a backward Third World nation to a successful First World country. That man is called Lee Kuan Yew.

He said the country must embrace a sort of capitalism driven by the state which is in turn governed by a tiny band of highly educated, patriotic, honest, absolutely corrupt-free, disciplined and visionary elite. Today, that country that is smaller both in size and population than Sokoto state is called a tiny titan; it punches far above its weight!

Where, I cry, are our own thinkers, planners and executors of the ideas we have for building great African societies? First of all, what are the ideas that we Africans have for building our countries? This is where everything starts: a good thought.

On what ideas is a country like Nigeria founded? From the way our country is run, it looks like this is anything- goes- place. It is a place without rule or order. Do anything you can and anything you please to grab as much as you can. If you like keep your loot here or better, hide it in safe havens abroad. Even if a country is founded to be a rouge haven, there must be guiding rules for roguery so that every rogue can enjoy his loot in relative peace. But no. Dare to call for some kind of conference, whether sovereign or non-sovereign so that our governing elite can sit down and decide what we need to do as a people, and many who are afraid that an inconvenient rule may be made to stop looting may be thought of to spoil their own chance, will not like to hear that. And so we are stuck.

And that is the fate of many African countries. We are afraid of even thinking about the way forward. What a tragedy!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Africa, the untold truth

immigrants2From News24: MyNews24, J Nepgen

What most people in South Africa remain oblivious to are the millions upon millions illegal immigrant Africans living in Europe. Go to any big European city and you'll see desperate Black Africans trying to sell items of fake goods, or whatever else that could possibly get them money to send back home. The Mediterranean Sea has THOUSANDS of Africans per week crossing over to seek better prospects in Europe. I predict that we're to see ALL South Africans following the same path, unless we start dealing with these issues pragmatically we have standing thanks to extremists like Malema.

Oddly enough Dutch speaking Belgium has the most amount of immigrants. Twenty-five percent of their population. Of which Africans make up a healthy majority in that same number. What do we call these people - invaders, settlers? It seems that in South Africa government officials take full right to blatant racism, something a European politician would be locked up in prison for saying.

I just truly wonder why the stories of what racist politicians are saying is not demonstrated to the world! I also wonder why it's not common knowledge how tens upon thousands of South Africans feel so threatened that they've placed refugee applications into foreign embassies, awaiting, begging and pleading to be allowed out of this racism mess that the ANC seem so beset on creating. What would be great is to see demonstrations like never see before to voice the cry of anguished people living under a Neo-Nazi threat, this time only reversed, here in Africa.

The question is more, what is causing Africa's failure? Where its population have to migrate out of sheer desperation to elsewhere in the world? And why have the immigrants the ANC so willingly let into South Africa (thinking that they'd vote them in) voted against the ANC, following them getting voting rights!

Because Africa as a whole has dealt with 50 years of banging its head against a brick wall. Same as in my Mum's Ireland where post-liberation Irish voted in extremism to have the Catholic Church rule the Irish state and to cut off their nose to spite their face.  By refusing to do business there 500 year oppressive Colonisers, the Brits. While understandable, led to 70 YEARS OF HARDSHIP. Of Irish being forced to leave Ireland to move to Britain. Same story as Africa. And same story as to why African immigrants into South Africa vote against the new extremist ANC, who've forgotten the Freedom Charter.

I predict that the biggest threat to the ANC is progressive Socialism, as seen in Botswana and most of Europe and other successful world states. Of course the DA will CERTAINLY not give a damn to the biggest crisis answer - Progressive Socialism.
Because here's the sheer reality.  We're heading for economic meltdown.  What we need is an educated large middle class population with a huge buying power. Instead we're to have Extremist self-interested populists like Malema cause economic meltdown havoc. Because this country and well as most of Africa is too clueless to see the benefits of making sure every last criticise is given a fair chance to perform well to the benefit of the entire economy. I understand that Progressive Socialism is not understood in this "Bold and the Beautiful", "Young and the Restless" American media Capitalist educated population of ours.

But anyone with a tiny bit of sense will realise that Progressive Socialism as seen in Botswana and Europe will wipe out the racism out of this land. No, we're not talking Venezuela failed style of Socialism, but light touches of Socialism to equip all citizens to have buying power. And that Socialism by definition does not discriminate, and is our best chance towards a New South Africa, unlike the once White and now Black Nationalism rearing its ugly head under the helms of Malema and the rest of those Gucci cadres.

If you wish to see the end of all this South African strife and South Africa turning into another African casualty you'd realise that if every last member of our society was helped to become contributable members of society we'd see a new land, as successful and dynamic as every other well run country run under progressive socialism.

Botswana is one of the least corrupt nations ON EARTH! How's that for a shocker. Truly wish some dynamic political leader could seize the success stories of Progressive Socialism in action and make a society away from what we're heading to. Crime and criminals who get deceived into such lives due to their economic circumstances become our problem in this United States of Capitalist South Africa, where we're too short sighted to realise the damage of selfishness.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

The hoax of farm murders

anc_dees-300x266Some psychopaths would like you to believe that farm murders are a hoax.  Whites aren’t being deliberately targeted on farms, smallholdings and in rural areas by gangs of savages.  The weekly reports of attacks, torture and in most cases resulting in murder, is all a fabrication.

The fact that nobody is able, least of all the South African Police Farce, to keep an accurate statistic of exactly how many thousands of people have been slaughtered in the most horrendous manner on farms and smallholdings seems to equate to a hoax in the “minds” of certain people.  Keep in mind that this is the same Farce which can’t account for 20,000 firearms.  The same Farce with criminals in charge (or have you already forgotten about Selebi?)  Or the recent events around tenders and Police Farce connections.

In the same country where the government openly lies about the pass rate of matriculants (final year of secondary school) to support their failing Outcome Based Education joke, corrupt government, provincial and municipal officials literally steal (embezzle is where you actually attempt to hide the fact you are stealing) money faster than they can conjure up new taxes for white citizens to support the cesspool of criminals and the esteemed president can’t keep his ANCYL poodle on a leash, we are to believe that farm murders are a hoax – because nobody has the actual count.

Well, if they embezzled less, I mean steal less, maybe the departments responsible for civil protection would be able to keep statistics on violent crimes, or at least murders.  Oh wait, they said they do.  Remember how they told everybody a year or so ago that the United Kingdom has more violent crime than South Africa?  Just a pity they didn’t tell you that in the UK you’ll get arrested for verbally abusing somebody in the street and that it would count towards violent crime.

So, you can’t count murders in South Africa.  The Police Farce employs known criminals.  But the SA government can tell you with certainty that there is less violent crime in South Africa than in the UK.  You don’t need to have passed a course in research methodology as a precursor to post graduate studies to figure out the logic doesn’t add up, never mind the scientific content.

The fact is I can’t remember a week go by the past few years where I haven’t read or heard about a murder on farmers, smallholding inhabitants or people living in remote rural areas.  Below is yet another example.

image0011By all means decide for yourself which is more credible.  The accounts you read on blogs like these from time to time of the horrific acts committed against these people, or psychopaths telling you it’s all a hoax.

From News24, Johannesburg:

An elderly couple was murdered on their Heidelberg farm on Saturday morning, Gauteng police said.

Constable Tikoane Sonopo said a towing service called the couple's son after their car was found overturned on the R42 road near Vereeniging.

The son went to his parent's Houtpoort farm just after 05:30 and found his 60-year-old mother tied up in the living room with multiple stab wounds. She was already dead.

He found his father, also with multiple stab wounds, dead on the bedroom floor.

Sonopo said the house was ransacked. A rifle and electrical appliances were stolen.

Police were investigating, he said.

Living in Jujuland

JujuThis is the future president of South Africa.  A racist, vile little hatemonger shouting for the killing of whites at political gatherings.  Yet another corrupt ANC comrade who whines about colonialism and capitalism, but has no problem wearing his Breitling watch and expensive suits while his idiotic followers live in shacks.

Shacks in squatter camps.  Squatter camps which didn’t exist 25 years ago, but the liberal sheeple of this world will tell you otherwise.  They will never be able to explain to you why the previous South African government spent millions in developing massive electrified fences on its northern borders to keep illegal immigrants out.  Which begs the question why millions would want to flee to South Africa when “Apartheid was the greatest threat to humankind”?  If you haven’t cottoned on to the fact that a lot of what you thought you knew about Apartheid was liberal left wing and communist propaganda, some of what is happening in South Africa today must surely give you a few hints that all was not so screwed up before as it is now.

For those of you not so familiar with South African politics, Julius Malema is often referred to as “Juju”

From The Witness, by Mental Health Practitioner

WHILE diagnosing a public figure from his or her public behaviour is unsound psycho-diagnostic practice, Julius Malema does demonstrate an almost full house of traits of what diagnosticians call a narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissistic personality dynamics centre principally around the individual’s attempts to shore up a fundamentally inadequate sense of self-worth. In its most flagrant forms, pathological narcissism is most recognisable by an overwhelming projection of a sense of grandiosity. Ironically, though, this assertion of grandiosity is usually a function of exactly the opposite in terms of the internal dynamics of the narcissist, i.e. an overwhelming and terrifying doubt — often only partially conscious to the narcissist — that he or she is of value to others. The narcissist’s defence is typically to assert forcefully, often inappropriately and damagingly, the opposite of this internal conviction.

In their daily interactions with other people, pathological narcissists tend to regard them principally as potential sources of narcissistic supply, i.e. as objects that are of value if they can confirm to the narcissist that they are powerful, influential, valued and competent. Hence, they are largely disinterested in people who will be unable to bolster their grandiosity and they tend to like to have nothing to do with those who are likely to criticise them or even to offer objective assessments of their competence or desirability.

Narcissistic traits are very common among prominent politicians around the world.

Developmentally, narcissism can often arise when the very young child is inappropriately and unconditionally affirmed for whatever he or she does, without discrimination, or when the child is very inadequately affirmed during his or her struggles to develop a sense of personal identity. Some researchers have also suggested that pathological narcissism can arise later in life if there is an inordinate change in the individual’s circumstances, such as a move from abject poverty or insignificance to overwhelming wealth or influence. They have called this acquired situational narcissism.

The diagnosis

The nine key diagnostic markers of narcissistic personality disorder and convincing examples where these have been on display by Malema, follow.

Narcissistic personality disorder is diagnosed in terms of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (IV), a handbook of definitions used by mental-health practitioners, by the presence of five or more of the following.

1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance, i.e. a sense of self-importance that is not matched by actual performance.

Evidence of Malema’s intellectual and performance capacity is not nearly as overwhelming as his claims to macro-economic policy development and judicious governance. He failed Grades 8 and 9 at school and has no formal tertiary training. While he appears to be a highly skilled demagogue in the mould of many ANC leaders, his technical capacity for skilled governance has yet to be seen.

2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love, i.e. they live in their own self-centred world and hate to be reminded that their fantasies don’t match reality.

After racially abusing BBC’s Johah Fisher in April, 2010, after Fisher remarked that Malema lives in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg, Malema was unapologetic about his actions. He accused Fisher of being disrespectful and of coming from a country that undermines the credibility and integrity of African leaders. But Malema’s narcissism is most evident in his insistence that Fisher apologise after the incident, despite the fact that the ANC and President Jacob Zuma condemned Malema’s outburst.

3. He believes he is special and should only associate with other special people.

Malema’s ready association with influential or powerful individuals, almost without reference to their associations or affiliations, suggests that to him, their power is their primary appeal. His endorsement of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and various leading ANC figures suggests a need for affiliation with power, with little regard to the integrity of that power.

4. Requires excessive admiration.

Malema’s hostile reactions to anyone who doesn’t provide the affirmation he demands, or who questions his integrity, and his relentless bids for greater political influence suggest his obsession with ever more political recognition and admiration. He very successfully secures this in the Youth League and this appears, in usual narcissistic fashion, to fuel further bids for recognition.

5. Has a sense of entitlement.

His claimed mission of advocacy for the poor from the luxury of his substantial Johannesburg home, his high-spending lifestyle and expensive fashion tastes (Breitling watches, etc.) and, more significantly, his outrage at any suggestions that these may be at odds with his apparently socialist ethics, suggest a sense of entitlement and a belief in his specialness. He is entitled to the luxuries that others don’t enjoy because he is special.

6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends.

Malema’s survival is due almost entirely to his nuanced capacity for populism, based in a largely illiterate, disenfranchised and loyal black populace. Whether this constitutes taking advantage of others or just ordinary politics is a matter of opinion. But he appears to have enriched himself far more substantially than any of those who have kept at the top of the ANC Youth League pile.

7. Is envious of others or believes that others are envious of him.

Malema has made regular public assertions that there are “agents” and other forces that he believes are determined to sink him. If he genuinely believes that any difference of opinion with his own is the work of a harmful external force, he need never take any genuine notice of the opinions of those others. This is a foolproof narcissistic defence: those who don’t agree are jealous or mischievous, hence we need never consider the content of their criticisms of us.

8. Lacks empathy.

In March 2010, Malema was convicted of hate speech by the Equality Court for telling a Sasco (South African Students’ Congress) meeting that the woman who accused ANC president Jacob Zuma of rape had a “nice time” with him because in the morning she had “requested breakfast and taxi money”. His repeated insistence on the singing of the “Shoot the Boer” song and refusal to acknowledge that it may be offensive to others suggest a limited capacity for empathy. At the very least, he appears not to have a sense of the potential impact of his utterances on the feelings of others.

9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronising or contemptuous behaviours or attitudes.

The media is littered with Malema’s contemptuous dismissals of those who are not in his camp, from political opponents to journalists, and extending to colleagues in the ANC who don’t share his views. His aggressive and angry outbursts suggest a poor capacity to regulate his rage at those who anger him, which is often a hallmark of somebody who is easily narcissistically wounded.