is a widely used term, mostly by whites or cheese boys indicating that something is ‘great’ or ‘nice’.

Thabo: This biltong is lekker.

Nathan: Yeah bru, it's not as lekker as the one from we had last week, though.

jiki jiki

Suddenly/quickly and unexpectedly.

jiki jiki, a gusheshe came hurtling round the corner.


1. Chalk.
2. South African slang for 20 Rands

1. UMa'am ufuna ichogo.
2. How much do you want? Nginechogo


A term used to refer to a bribe, usually given to cops or traffic officers.

I gave him some tjotjo and he let me go.


polyandry is a form of polygamy in which a woman takes two or more husbands at the same time.

South African women are excited about polyandry but they can't even keep one man.


irhem is a colloquial Xhosa term mostly used by ama dyan from East London (eMonti) to refer to sex or a vagina.

Bendisitya irhem izolo.


Literally means “apartness” in Afrikaans, apartheid was the policy of racial segregation implemented by the South African National Party from 1948 to 1994, resulting in the oppression and labour exploitation of South Africa’s black majority, and their systematic exclusion from the country’s mainstream economic, educational and social life.

The struggles of black people we see today is the legacy of the apartheid regime.


A Xhosa term that is used to refer to a castrated animal (an animal whose balls/testicles have been cut off).

This cow can't make kids because yi nkabi.


Another term for ayoba, a catch phrase that was popular in the Blackberry and YoTv days.

That's so ayoba.


A Xhosa or Zulu term for a white person.

My best friend is umlungu.

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