siyayinyova, interjection and & noun

Forms:
sayinyova, siya inyovaShow more Also sayinyova, siya inyova, siyanyova.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu sentence, ‘we are going to crush it’, ‘we are going to turn it upside down’.
A. interjection ‘We are going to destroy’: a slogan chanted at left-wing political marches and associated particularly with young political activists.
1985 Drum Dec. 30Once pupils take up the battle cry ‘Siya Inyova — We are spoiling for trouble’ no one dare stand in their way.
1986 F. Chikane in Burman & Reynolds Growing 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.
1987 G. Mhlope in Best 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’.
1987 G. Mhlope in Best 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.
1986 True Love Feb. 2When people are not talking about ‘abosayinyova’, the talk in taxis, buses, trains and homes is about the randy gorilla.
1986 Pace May 4Since the advent of the ‘comrades’ and ‘siyayinyovas’ housewives are forever beaming as they carry out their household duties.
1986 Learn & Teach No.5, 35Do you think the siyayinyova’s think I look smart. No, they think I look like a policeman.
1987 K. Sole in Eng. Academy Rev. Vol.4 Jan. 23Parents begin to whisper ill of the siyayinyova, those purposeful young men he idolizes.
1988 Z.C. Ndaba in Staffrider Vol.7 No.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.
‘We are going to destroy’: a slogan chanted at left-wing political marches and associated particularly with young political activists.
A young activist, especially one advocating or taking part in violent protest, or in the informal policing of a township.
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