Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
23 Jul 2021
4:54 am

The poor used as front for narcissistic wealthy people

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Duduzane has been a calm voice of confusion on social media, giving off the same energy as your gaslighting boyfriend explaining why it’s your fault he is a terrible person.

Duduzane Zuma. Photo Gallo Images/Netwerk 24/Deaan Vivier

A man from KwaZulu-Natal in his early 30s is celebrating his birthday. He breathlessly tells a television news reporter that he has never felt more alive. He joined a crowd in looting and destruction, walking away with some electronic goodies, which he has loaded into his luxury car. His motivation seems far removed from the manic political rhetoric which has accompanied the protest action against the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma. But mania appears to have been central to his experience. He appears almost proud of the primal release of self-indulgence and impulsive behaviour. Elsewhere in the province, a...