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A short A to Z idiot’s guide to the Zulu psyche by Zulu Boy Gone Crazy author Fred Khumalo

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyResponses to a recent column by Fred Khumalo, author of Zulu Boy Gone Crazy: Hilarious Tales Post Polokwane, urged him to pen “an idiot’s guide” to the Zulu psyche.

Khumalo, who has just been announced as one of 11 Writing Fellows for 2016 at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, writes the article with his tongue firmly in his cheek – a style he is well known for. His book Zulu Boy Gone Crazy offers readers an extended sample of his enviable gift of being entertaining as he goes about disseminating these truths.

Read Khumalo’s article, entitled “The Zulu psyche — an idiot’s guide”:

Here, my friends, is a short A to Z idiot’s guide to the Zulu psyche.

A is for Asikhokhi — we are not paying! Everyone is talking about #FeesMustFall. How coy and apologetic. Are the fees going to fall by themselves? No, in my language we are direct: – asikhokhi.

B is for Bhaxabula — to beat a person vehemently, a favourite Zulu pastime. The synonyms are ukubhibiza, or ukudukluza, or ukubhonya. We might just bhaxabula those who want us to pay.

C is for (uku)Cula — singing. It’s a national pastime since the man from Nkandla came to power. He sings his troubles away.

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