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kwela-kwela, noun

Forms:
Also khwela-khwela.
Origin:
In the Nguni languages, khwela climb on or in, mount (see sense 1, quotation 1960); but see also quotation 1990.
slang
In urban (especially township) English:
1. A police van; transferred sense, any similar vehicle used for law-enforcement; nylon; pick-up; pick-van. Also attributive. See also mellow yellow.
1957 in Karis & Carter From Protest to Challenge (1977) III. 404If a woman is found without the book or if all the papers inside are not in order, she will be pushed into the Kwela-Kwela and taken to gaol.
1990 New African 11 June 13Kwela-kwela is a name that was given to the notorious pick-up police vans. Juveniles gambling at street corners would, at the first approach of kwela-kwela, take out their penny-whistles and begin to play music until the danger of being arrested was over.
2. Especially in the Eastern Cape: taxi sense 1. Also attributive.
[1960 C. Hooper Brief Authority 265The new parish vehicle — a miniature bus seating eleven passengers which, from the day of its arrival..was known as kwela-kwela ya Modimo, God’s Pick-up van.]
1991 N. Goddard Informant, Port ElizabethKwela-Kwela. Name given to taxis that ply to and from the townships/homelands in the Eastern Cape.
A police van; transferred sense, any similar vehicle used for law-enforcement; nylon; pick-up; pick-van. Also attributive.
Especially in the Eastern Cape: taxi1. Also attributive.

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