mapusa, noun

Forms:
Also maposa, mapuza, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, EnglishShow more Contraction of the words for ‘policemen’ in various Sintu (Bantu) languages, e.g. Xhosa amapholisa, Zulu amaphoyisa, Tswana mapodisa, these in turn being derived from English police. The contraction probably originated in township slang.
slang
The police; a policeman; a night watchman.
1970 M. Weitzman Informant, JohannesburgHe is a maposa at night at the factory.
1973 Eng. Alive 53A shadow lurks — mapuza, and the people crouch in clenched fists of black terror.
1984 E. Prov. Herald 18 June 13We never carried our weapons around because we knew we would get grabbed by the Mapusa (police), so we kept them at scattered arsenals. Fortunately, one was close.
The police; a policeman; a night watchman.

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