Pres­i­dent’s scrawl re­veals his hand, says ex­am­iner

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CHILD­ISH, im­pa­tient, suf­fer­ing from an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex and lack­ing in lead­er­ship skills.

That was the re­sponse of hand­writ­ing ex­pert Yossi Vis­soker when he was pre­sented with a scrawled script of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s hand­writ­ing yes­ter­day.

Vis­soker, who is a foren­sic and doc­u­ment ex­am­iner, wasn’t told who wrote the text be­fore he gave his anal­y­sis. He said he thought the un­tidy scrawl was done in a plane or mov­ing car.

He was told only the per­son’s age and gen­der.

“The writer may have been un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or med­i­ca­tion. His age plays no part in his writ­ing be­cause he does not have shaky hands,” said Vis­soker, of what turned out to be a sen­tence penned by Zuma in a vis­i­tors’ book dur­ing his visit to Kenya.

The hand­writ­ing pic­ture was posted on Twit­ter on Mon­day, and later deleted. But fast fin­gers man­aged to take screen­shots be­fore it van­ished from Twit­ter.

“If the per­son wrote the note on a ta­ble, I am a lit­tle wor­ried be­cause then some­thing is not right,” said Vis­soker.

“The hand­writ­ing shows that the per­son is child­ish, moody, can’t con­cen­trate or stay fo­cused, and is not able to dis­tin­guish be­tween right and wrong,” the ex­pert said.

Vis­soker added he could de­tect charm in the writer, and the abil­ity to re­cruit peo­ple to his side. “But it is to buy the peo­ple, not lead them,” he said.

The writer was pos­si­bly a co­me­dian who needed an au­di­ence but they didn’t laugh at his jokes. He felt in­fe­rior to his peers, and would never make a busi­ness­man.

Vis­soker added that the writer was afraid to take de­ci­sions.

“But when he does take them, be­cause he is stub­born, he sticks to them, even if they are not cor­rect.”

Vis­soker has prac­tised hand­writ­ing and draw­ing anal­y­sis for more than 35 years. He is cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Board of Foren­sic Ex­am­in­ers as a foren­sic ex­am­iner, be­hav­iour pro­filer and doc­u­ment ex­am­iner.


The greet­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, inset, wrote in a vis­i­tors’ book on his visit to Kenya this week.

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