Makatees, plural noun

Forms:
Also Makatese.
Origin:
Afrikaans, SothoShow more Afrikaans, probably adaptation of Sotho MmaNtatisi (see Mantatee).
obs.
(The) members of the Mantatee section of the Tlokwa people.
Note:
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1892 W.L. Distant Naturalist in Tvl 107The Makatese, originally fugitives from the Basuto and Bechuana countries and taking their name from the supposition that they were all subjects of Ma Ntatisi, are now the most numerous in Zoutpansberg.
1905 W.H. Tooke in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 93Individual members of this extinct clan, driven as fugitives hither and thither, are still called by the Boers ‘Makatees’. Hence probably the Kafir word for Bechuana, ‘amahadi’.
(The) members of the Mantatee section of the Tlokwa people.

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