1986F. Chikane inBurman & ReynoldsGrowing Up 343Nursery school children..too have learned the language of siyayinyova (we will destroy), which is the popular slogan used by the youths when attacking what they call ‘targets’, meaning the buildings, vehicles, and individuals regarded as symbols of the apartheid regime and its forces.
1987G. Mhlope inBest of S. Afr. Short Stories (1991) 453Young children who hardly understand what is really going on are also shouting the slogan ‘Siyayinyova’ which simply means ‘We will destroy or disrupt’.
1987G. Mhlope inBest of S. Afr. Short Stories (1991) 454They poured out of their classes...They were shouting ‘Siyayinyova!’ at the tops of their little voices. They picked up rocks and bricks and started attacking buses, company delivery vans and police cars.
B.noun, plural siyayinyovas, abosiyayinyova, or unchanged. [The pl. prefix abo- is from the Nguni languages.]A young activist, especially one advocating or taking part in violent protest, or in the informal policing of a township.Cf. comrade.
1986True Love Feb. 2When people are not talking about ‘abosayinyova’, the talk in taxis, buses, trains and homes is about the randy gorilla.
1986Pace May 4Since the advent of the ‘comrades’ and ‘siyayinyovas’ housewives are forever beaming as they carry out their household duties.
1986Learn & TeachNo.5, 35Do you think the siyayinyova’s think I look smart. No, they think I look like a policeman.
1987K. Sole inEng. Academy Rev.Vol.4 Jan. 23Parents begin to whisper ill of the siyayinyova, those purposeful young men he idolizes.
1988Z.C. Ndaba inStaffriderVol.7No.1, 20Since they left school they have been associating with bad elements. They have even joined abo ‘siyayinyova’...He knew that the township would be buzzing with the ‘comrades’ singing and chanting in the streets and that if they found him there he would be doused with petrol and set alight. He had heard too many such stories since ‘abo siyayinyova’ had come to rule the township.
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