Fietas, noun

Forms:
Also Fidas, Vietas.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, ZuluShow more Probably Afrikaans fieta + plural -s, adaptation of fiela ‘backward, slovenly person’, cognate with Dutch fielt villain, scoundrel; or perhaps adaptation of Zulu i-vila loafer, sluggard.
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Especially among its residents: Vrededorp (or Pageview), an area of Johannesburg from which residents were forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act.
1982 Pace May 158They used to ‘tune’ it in the olden days around Vrededorp alias Fidas.
1982 Star 11 Nov. (Tonight) 4‘Die lingo’ (language) whether it be in Soweto, District Six, Fietas (Vrededorp) or Durban is always vibrant, bubbling with clichés and anecdotes.
1984 Frontline Feb. 26Fietas and Duries, which the newspapers..call by hifalutin’ names like Vrededorp (or even Pageview..) and Doornfontein.
1986 Star 23 Apr. 19Verses from the pre-war campfire song, ‘This is the place Jo’burg’...We’ve got some wonderful tramcars, Wot shakes like boxes of nails. They charge you a tickey by Fietas And a fourpence by the end of the rails.
1989 Frontline Mar. 28Vrededorp — Vietas to its residents and Pageview to the map-makers — was Joburg’s last indiscriminate area, and one of the last in the country to be laid low before the Group Areas Act ran out of steam.
1990 J. Naidoo Coolie Location 209My sister Ruby..was then living in Fietas.
1993 [see group area noun phrase sense 1].
Vrededorp (or Pageview), an area of Johannesburg from which residents were forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act.
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