1971Sunday Times 27 June 2Because Africans contribute less than one per cent of the total income tax now paid, they did not qualify for a single M.P. Thus, written into the constitution, was a ‘bonsella’ of an initial 16 African M.P.s.
1972C. Fortune on Radio South Africa 18 Mar.That’s a bonsella for Natal, isn’t it — they get one for the shot and 4 because a no-ball was bowled.
1978Weekend Argus 16 Sept. 1Big-fight fans get a bare-breasted bonsella...An unscheduled striptease brought fans to their feet between preliminary bouts last night.
1982Drum Nov. 21As icing on the cake, he also gets a tax-free allowance of R4 830, a free or subsidised house and one to two snazzy cars as bonsella.
1991Sunday Times 3 Feb. 3Crossword bonsella for nine. Nine lucky readers can splash out this weekend after winning R445 each in consolation prizes.
3.A small extra (usually sweets) thrown in by a shopkeeper as a mark of good will, or as an incentive to future trade; baselanoun sense 3. Also attributive.
1954P. AbrahamsTell Freedom 67My favourite buy was a pennyworth of coconut icing and a pennyworth of bread. I usually got a handful of roasted peanuts as bonsella. Without the bonsella, the ‘come again’ token, no little boy would shop at the same place twice.
1963M. KavanaghWe Merry Peasants 68They were only the ‘bonsella’ sweets. Every Black customer expected a couple or more as a ‘bonsella,’ a give-away or discount on the newspaper twist of sugar he or she had bought.
1966L.G. BergerWhere’s Madam 7The soft-eyed piccanins of four or five years old..with a silver tickey in their pink palms, ask for ‘six beeg peaches, missus and a bonsella’ — the free one being quickly eaten.
1970C.B. WoodInformant, JohannesburgGive me some ‘lekkers’ (sweets) as a ‘bonzela’ (free gift).
1981C. Barnard inDaily Dispatch 16 Nov. 8The housewives would come out to haggle over the fish and, if they bought enough, might be given a ready-cooked kreef as a bonsella.
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