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.
In sense b, this name was initially applied only to Toyota minibuses.
1987G. Mokae inPace Oct. 60Vusi [Maranatha] claims invention of the now popular name ‘Zola Budd’ for a Toyota taxi in 1985.
1988Learn & Teach 18There is a blue ‘Zola Budd’ taxi on the road.
1988A. Jacot-GuillarmodInformant, 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!
1989B. Ntembo inPace Feb. 44Mr Cheapside..bought five cars in one month — three Toyotas, two four-wheel-drive vehicles and two ‘Zola Budds’.
1994P. Hawthorne inTime 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.
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