1986S. Harris inSunday Times 26 Jan. 15Rugger impis set for kick-off.
1990P. Gregson inNew African 9 July 12Amazulu plunged to a disastrous 3–1 defeat at the hands of lowly Pretoria City in an NSL Castle Soccer league game. The green impi went in search of those both points [sic] but unexpectedly came empty handed.
2.An armed band (especially one made up of Zulu men) involved in urban or rural (political) conflict.
c1948H. TraceyLalela Zulu 19In recent time the Zulus have brought firearms to their faction fights instead of assegais only. The sound of fighting was heard far off and the ‘impis’ were in at each other over by the hill, Mthashana.
1970Daily News 29 JulyFaction Fight Arrests. Two well-armed impis assembled, but were dispersed by a police mobile unit before they clashed.
1973Sunday Times 11 Mar. 3A common sight in Durban during the strikes as a factory ‘impi’ of Zulus takes to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with their low rates of pay.
1980Weekend Post 24 May 2Thousands of uniformed Inkatha members lined the entrance to the campus to welcome their president, Chief Buthelezi. There were also several Zulu impis present in an apparent attempt to prevent the students from disrupting the ceremony.
1985Financial Mail 18 Oct. 35There have even been charges that Zulu (not necessarily Inkatha) ‘impis’ have been deployed by the police in regions such as the Cape Flats to bring recalcitrant, youth-led populations in upheaval to a standstill.
1988J. Sikhakhane inPace Nov. 61In other townships around Durban notably KwaMashu and Lamontville, vigilante groups called ‘amabutho’ or impi, were allegedly responsible for deaths and attacks on the amaqabane, mostly youths belonging to the UDF, or politically neutral.
1990M. Tyala inSunday Times 12 Aug. 2Inkatha-phobia is increasing in Transvaal townships as the Zulu cultural group’s adversaries portray it as a terror force, impis who run amok attacking ANC sympathisers and township residents at random.
1990Sunday Times 10 Mar. 1Angry ANC supporters confronted police while Inkatha impis with sticks, pangas and dustbin-lid shields assembled near their hostels.
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