1879G.C. Cato Letter. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS1602b) 2 Feb.Zulu spies and messengers have gone along the foot of the Drakensberg to try and get Basutos, Pondos, and Galekas to rise.
1880Encycl. Brit.XIII. 819The Gcaleka chief, who is lord paramount of all the Ama-Xosa tribes, always takes his first or ‘great wife’ from the Ama-Tembu royal family, and her issue alone have any claim to the succession.
1882J. NixonAmong Boers 58The Galekas were ‘up’, and burgher law had been proclaimed.
1939N.J. Van Warmelo inA.M. Duggan-CroninBantu TribesIII.i. 25Generations after the death of their common ancestor, Phalo, the chiefs of the Rarabe section continue to report to, and consult with, the Gcaleka chiefs concerning all the matters of first importance.
1975A.O. JacksonEthnic Composition of Ciskei & Transkei 6Phalo’s great son was Gcaleka and his right-hand son was Rarabe. The most important division of the Xhosa was between these two brothers...The Gcaleka tribes all live in the Transkei.
1981J.B. PeiresHouse of Phalo 31The great split which occurred after Rharhabe crossed the Kei did not entirely divide the Xhosa nation, for..the Gcaleka kings continued to assert their superiority over all the Xhosa chiefs.
1986P. MaylamHist. of Afr. People 96The Thembu..had fallen out with the Gcaleka over the division of the spoils after the defeat of Matiwane in 1828.
‖2. In the Eastern Cape: a derogatory name for a rural person from the (former) Transkei.
1979Daily Dispatch 24 Aug. (Indaba) 2The term ‘Gcaleka’ was in most cases used in an offensive manner. It is commonly heard in buses..‘Most of the bus drivers are from the Transkei and you’ll hear a commuter saying: “You Gcaleka, drive this bus carefully — do you think this is Transkei, stupid.”’
A member of a people forming one of the major divisions of the Xhosa. Also attributive.
a derogatory name for a rural person from the (former) Transkei.
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