1896M.A. Carey-HobsonAt Home in Tvl 405I believe God in his goodness put the black schepsels upon this earth that they might be hewers of wood and drawers of water to the white Christian menschen.
1898W.C. ScullyVendetta 29She called to the Hottentot, who..had remained close at hand. ‘Here, schepsel, — bring in a bottle of that honey from the front chest.’
1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 96Swartz was called a Hottentot, a Shangaan, a skepsel and a few other elegant compliments, and being a full-blooded and very proud Basuto his eyes rolled at the insult.
1931W.A. CottonRacial Segregation 143He was but echoing the complacent language of the backveld, where the African people are just schepsels (creatures).
1934N. DevittMem. of Magistrate 30In regard to the native, he considered him as a ‘schepsel’ sent here for his special convenience.
1939R.F.A. HoernléS. Afr. Native Policy 72The Native to many Afrikaners was a schepsel (‘creature’) not wholly human; standing intermediate, as it were, between the game and the livestock, on the one side, and White humanity, on the other.
1943‘J. Burger’Black Man’s Burden 67The Boer farmer treats his workers in a kindly and tolerant fashion; he does not refer to them as ‘bloody niggers’, but as skepsels.
1967L. Marquard inM. MarquardLett. from Boer Parsonage 21The location was about a mile from the end of Victoria Street...The inhabitants were called kaffirs, or volk, or schepsels (creatures), none of these terms being regarded as terms of abuse or being intended in an unkindly or inhuman spirit.
1968A. FultonDark Side of Mercy 108The policeman..shouted at the Basutos. ‘O.K., skepsels, get back inside.’
1987M. MelamuChildren of Twilight 41It was all so different with his ‘volk’. You had to feed them properly. And what can’t you get the skepsels to do with the stomachs propvol.
1992J. Khumalo inPace Sept. 34God-forsaken black skepsels who spend their entire existence on the edge of life, wondering as to where their next meagre meal will come from.
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