1977P.C. VenterSoweto 8Liquor was prohibited in black areas and the police kept a close watch. ‘Kumbomvu!’ was the warning shout. Literally translated, the word means ‘red’. It was enough to scatter the brewers.
1980StaffriderVol.3No.1, 46When somebody saw the police coming they would say ‘kubomvu’, that’s a sign telling there is danger coming.
1985D. Bikitsha inSunday Times 15 Sept. 6A three pronged sharp whistle call meant the police were about. The cry ‘Ku Mbomvu’ [printed Ku Mbonvu] (it is red) meant an alarm whenever there was police presence in the area.
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