gweva, noun

Origin:
XhosaShow more Transferred use of Xhosa igweva an illicit diamond-buyer.
slang
In urban (especially township) parlance: a bootlegger. See also mailer.
1971 Daily Dispatch 2 Oct. 12The ‘gweva’ (go-between) was the mainstay for supplies to shebeens and with the strict application of prohibition laws the existence of both gwevas and shebeens was understandable.
1993 M.K. Harvey in Weekly Mail & Guardian 23 Dec. 15When the case is finished, it’s back to the bottlestore or the local gweva (bootlegger) for the next one.
a bootlegger.
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