Zola Budd, noun phrase

Forms:
Also Zolabud, Zolabudd.
Origin:
See quotation 1994.
a. A police vehicle, the hippo, especially a slow one; cf. Mary Decker sense a. b. A small bus, seating usually between ten and fifteen passengers, and used for taxi shuttle services; also called taxi (sense 1); cf. Mary Decker sense b. Also attributive.
Note:
In sense b, this name was initially applied only to Toyota minibuses.
1985 H. Prendini in Style Oct. 41‘Johnnies’ (soldiers), ‘Zola Budds’ (slow SADF hippos) and ‘Mary Deckers’ (fast hippos).
[1987 Z. Budd in Flying Springbok Aug. 22I’ve heard Brenda Fassies’s record (Izolabudd, in honour of the taxis running between Johannesburg and Soweto) but I haven’t seen the video or met her.]
1987 G. Mokae in Pace Oct. 60Vusi [Maranatha] claims invention of the now popular name ‘Zola Budd’ for a Toyota taxi in 1985.
1988 Learn & Teach 18There is a blue ‘Zola Budd’ taxi on the road.
1988 A. Jacot-Guillarmod Informant, GrahamstownThe Kombi taxis which run all over the town have a new name, besides their old one of ‘kwela-kwela’. They are now known as Zola Budds ’cos they run so fast!
1989 B. Ntembo in Pace Feb. 44Mr Cheapside..bought five cars in one month — three Toyotas, two four-wheel-drive vehicles and two ‘Zola Budds’.
1994 P. Hawthorne in Time 19 Dec. 16Hilary Sombela hailed a crowded ‘Zola Budd’ — a minibus taxi, so called by township residents because the vehicles are usually as reliably swift as South Africa’s famed middle-distance runner.
A police vehicle, the hippo, especially a slow one;
A small bus, seating usually between ten and fifteen passengers, and used for taxi shuttle services; also called taxi (sense 1);
Derivatives:
Hence Zola Budd it intransitive verbal phrase nonce, to travel in a minibus taxi.
1994 C. Curzon in Flying Springbok Sept. 44During a recent hectic trip to Israel, ‘Zolabudding’ it through the country and four centuries of eventful history.
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