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#EverydayXhosa: "Bamba" - which means to grab, catch, stop, seize or arrest

9 July 2021 1:04 PM
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Qingqile Mdlulwa
Everyday Xhosa

CapeTalk's Everyday Xhosa correspondent Qingqile Mdlulwa chats to Breakfast host Refilwe Moloto about this week's word: Bamba.
  • Every Friday, CapeTalk's Everyday Xhosa correspondent Qingqile Mdlulwa teaches listeners a new isiXhosa word or phrase
  • This week's isiXhosa word is 'Bamba', which means hold, grab, catch, stop, seize, even to arrest...
  • Listen to the audio above for the amusing isiXhosa lesson

This week's isiXhosa word is Bamba (Ba-mba), which means to hold, grab, catch, stop, seize, arrest.

The verb accurately describes what happened to former president Jacob Zuma this week, explains CapeTalk's Everyday Xhosa correspondent Qingqile Mdlulwa.

Here are a few examples:

  • "Bamba elo sela" which means catch that thief
  • "Bamba loo lift" which means hold the lift
  • "Bamba isandla sam" which means hold my hand
  • "Bamba ibhiya yam" which means hold my beer

RELATED: #EverydayXhosa: "Kuyaphithizela" - meaning "It's busy" (Like the SA news cycle!)




9 July 2021 1:04 PM
Tags:
Isixhosa
Qingqile Mdlulwa
Everyday Xhosa

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