1979F. DikeFirst S. African 4That’s a small time clever. He thinks he’s going to jive me.
1979S. SillieInformantThis clever man (uclever) — is a person who is town-rooted — he can either be a tsotsi himself or may not be. He knows the liquor outlets and the dagga smugglers.
1982M.O. Mtshali inChapman & DangorVoices from Within 75He’s a ‘clever’ not a ‘moegie’; he never says baas to no bloody white man.
1983Drum June 38Today Masekela cuts an image of the ‘clevers of the 50s and 60s’. His manner of talking, walking and dancing is that of those hectic-dizzy yester-years.
1984M. Mthethwa inFrontline July 29Dumani belongs to the township clevers — the Pantsulas and their girlfriends, the Mshozas.
1988J. Khumalo inPace Oct. 60Places like Sophiatown and Alex..were famous for the city slickers — known as ‘clevers’ and carbon copies of their American movie heroes.
1990J. NaidooCoolie Location 130From his speech, tone and general manner it was evident that he was one of those smooth-talking smart ones, a cleva, a sophisticated tsotsi. I detected a mocking wily glint in his eyes.
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