I do not support the system of an Executive President, Executive Mayor or authority by a King or Sultan, Pope or Sheikh. After 28 years in religious, communal and local government politics I have witnessed the dangers of governance by one person.

A democratic system of consultation with qualified and capable people that generates an executive decision is superior. This allows that an “duly elected collective” makes decisions and carries the responsibility as a collective. People must decide who the best among themselves are, and then allow those elected, with regular consultation, to have authority.

Pres. Donald Trump (USA) and former Pres. Jacob Zuma are examples of why executive authority invested in one person is a mistake. The scientific indicators below suggest both men might have personality disorders.

An Antisocial personality disorder infers: Disregard for others’ needs or feelings, Persistent lying, stealing, conning others, recurring problems with the law, repeated violation of the rights of others, aggressive and often violent behaviour, disregard for the safety of self or others, impulsive behaviour, consistently irresponsible, lack of remorse for behaviour, stress-related paranoia that comes and goes

A Histrionic personality disorder infers: Constantly seeking attention, excessive emotional, dramatic or sexually provocative to gain attention, speaks dramatically with strong opinions, but few facts or details to back them up, easily influenced by others, shallow, rapidly changing emotions, excessive concern with physical appearance, thinks relationships with others are closer than they really are.

A Narcissistic personality disorder infers: Belief that you are special and more important than others, fantasies about power, success and attractiveness, failure to recognize others’ needs and feelings, exaggeration of achievements or talents, expectation of constant praise and admiration, arrogance, unreasonable expectations of favours and taking advantage, envy of others or belief that others envy you.

Since we all have problems, there is nothing wrong with having problems. The difficulty arises when you believe that the entire world is mistaken and you are innocent all the time.

Millions in South Africa continued to support Pres. Zuma even after his rape and corruption trials as a result Zuma and the Gupta family took us all for a joke for10 years. In the USA voters knew about the cavalier lifestyle and antics of Pres. Trump, yet they support him.

It is the greatest irony that the world remains in chaos because people who must be blocked from having authority over others, are ironically the principal executives in charge.

Cllr Yagyah Adams – Cape Muslim Congress

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