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Gcaleka, noun

Forms:
Galaka, GalecaShow more Also Galaka, Galeca, Galeka.
Plurals:
Gcalekas, amagcaleka, or unchanged; occasionally Amacaleka, Amacalekas, Amagcalekas.
Origin:
Name of the Xhosa chief Gcaleka (c1730–1778); for an explanation of plural forms, see ama-.
1. A member of a people forming one of the major divisions of the Xhosa. Also attributive. See also Xhosa noun sense 1 a. Cf. Rharhabe sense a.
Note:
See note at Rharhabe.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 20There people are called Mandankees from the name of their founder. Hinsa’s subjects are,..from the same reason, called Galekas.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. 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.
1979 Daily 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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