Zim-Zim, noun and adjective

Origin:
Unknown; perhaps from the pronunciation of -sm in Azasm, but see quotation 1990.
Note:
For note on reduplication in South African English, see now-now.
A. noun
1. An adherent of the philosophy of black consciousness. Also attributive.
1987 N. Mathiane in Frontline Feb. 24Azasm — known as the Zim-Zims — remain in the Azapo fold.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 258In Soweto, youngsters who said Biko were dubbed Zim-zims, in honour of all the -isms in their ideological arsenal. Dhlamini 1 became a Zim-zim stronghold.
2. The name of a vigilante group.
1991 P. Garson in Weekly Mail 20 Dec. (Suppl.) 11The Zim-Zims — not Azapo or PAC-supporting youths as the name suggests, but who are mostly the sons of businessmen — were formed into a vigilante gang earlier this year to protect those whose enterprises were the target of boycotts by the community.
B. adjective Supportive of black consciousness.
1989 Informant, PietermaritzburgThey’ve accused SACHED in Maritzburg of being Zim-Zim, you know, Black Consciousness.
An adherent of the philosophy of black consciousness. Also attributive.
The name of a vigilante group.
Supportive of black consciousness.

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