1875D. LeslieAmong Zulus 93It is the custom for all the young men in the country to spend a few months every year ‘Konsaing,’ i.e. paying their respects at court; but..this means in fact that they have to hoe the King’s corn.
1895H. Rider HaggardNada 140Now the councillors and the captains of the People of the Axe konzaed to him whom they named the Slaughterer, doing homage to him as chief and holder of the axe.
1897J.P. FitzpatrickOutspan 14Mahaash was a big induna, and had about five to seven thousand fighting men. He used to konza to Umbandine, but paid merely nominal tribute, and was jolly independent.
1898B. MitfordInduna’s Wife 130Is the Black Bull of the North growing old and weak that he sends to konza to the elephant who trumpets at Nkunkundhlovu?
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 276Konza, to,..To pay one’s respects to the chief; to act as a minister of the chief; to attend to the request or command of another.
1939R.F.A. HoernléS. Afr. Native Policy 51The Native commoner is trained to khonza to his chief...Some of the forms in which this respect and submission have to be shown are, according to White notions, humiliating to a man’s self-respect.
1949C. BullockRina 27You might meet Ratshatsha the BaXanwana Chief who won’t konza to us Boers, foolish fellow.
1949O. WalkerProud Zulu (1951) 61Already there were..families who, when they came asking for land, ‘konza-ed,’ or paid homage in cattle for the right to build a hut and graze stock.
1982Financial Mail 9 July 161The chief of the Tembe-Tonga is..now an old man...Tongas in Mozambique even today ‘Khonza’ (pay deference) to him.
2.transitive.rare.to konza (someone).To pay (a chief or king) homage; to show (a superior) respect.
1852R.B. StruthersHunting Jrnl (1991) 15An old man who used sometimes to go hunting with me at the lake came today saying he wanted to Konza (serve) us.
1952H. KleinLand of Silver Mist 104She sat quietly in her mountain kraal...Her indunas konza-d her. They sang praises of their queen.
konza name, a courtesy title.
1937B.H. DickeBush Speaks 35If, in time, Schiel has proved himself as great chief, the natives might have accorded him, as one of his ‘konza’-names, the name of Cetywayo, (Konza-names are respect-titles). [Note] Konza-Names: The Bantu consider it disrespectful to address a man by the name they have given him. Therefore, ‘konza-names’ are invented, i.e. courtesy-titles.
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