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10 things Black South Africans need to stop saying to Tsonga People

Dear vanhu vantima va tiko ra Jacob Zuma, if you can stop saying the the following to Vatsonga, then hi ta kumana;

#1 “YOU DON’T LOOK TSONGA” – Mxm! You can’t be an adult and still believe ku there are no good looking and light skin Tsonga people. Go be broken le kule. Don’t drag us in your self-hate.

#2 “N’WANA MHANE” – that is not our default name, you don’t know us like that, stop it. And you sure treat us like vana va nala (enemy), when unemployment gets too much for you.


 #4 “ISN’T MALAMULELE IN GIYANI?” – Xikwembu hi lamuleli. We don’t all come from Giyani. Yeses.

#5 “IGIYANI ISESOUTH AFRICA?” – Hosi kasi hi dyohe yini? Google it, while at it, ask Google why Xitsonga is an official language of the Republic of South Africa.

#6 “O NTLELE DI BANANA LE DI MANGO” – first know where our home is pointing, and learn our language, stop using us for free fruits and African Viagra.   

#7 “IS IT TRUE TSONGA MEN HAVE BIG DICKS / A TREE” – Sies maan! Ladies, respect us. We don’t have to explain this, ma nga tikhoma vumuhu and let us hit without asking us stupid questions. Gents, stop being obsessed with the size of our manhood, swo yini kasi?

#8 “BRA YAM YESHANGAANE” – Really? That is the same as a white person labeling you as their “Black” friend. Keep your friendship swine.

#9 “MACHANGANI PIYOPIYO” – I ta vula mhana wena sweswo.

#10 “EVERYONE GETS CALLED NAMES” – Yes, but not everyone is reduced to animals, ugly, dumb, and foreign in their own country by their race. We will not get over it because everyone else gets names, when we get murdered, set on fire and chased during xenophobic attacks.

N’whe Vatsonga mi nga pfumeli va hi nyefula, Vutsonga i Vukosi, a va losi!


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  1. Vatsonga xidzii..vatsonga vaku chava ku tsongola xa munhu..swihluke swa nghunghunyani hina vaku valala ririmu rohlantsweka kahi nkwavo a hiti nyungubyiseni hivu tsonga bya hina..xitsonga hilo mama ..xitsonga ixa hina ahilo xidyondza se ava futsekii

  2. People must start accepting, respecting themselves as human before expecting that from others. We do not need to bleach ourselves to be accepted by other ethnic groups and be labeled as yellow bones. That is rubbish as far as I am concerned. I am a Pedi speaking Motlokwa woman and I am proud of my dark skin tone. So if a person sees me as ugly, so what?whose problem is that? I mean really! am I bothered? no! for what?

    I have recently discovered that my ancestry hails from somewhere in Malawi.. and those in Malawi they refer us to Tanzania back in the 1500… kakakaa… and I am very proud of that discovery and speak loud about it and guess what: they started calling me kwerekwere as if they know how they descended to the South. Knowledge is power. So whether is Shangaan or Tsonga nna I dont see the problem in that, Whether Soshangani is a nickname or praise name the fact is he was a human being. He was given that name because of his deeds and that does not make him less of a person.

    Some of the Nxumalos can spill blood if you tell them that Tsonga speaking tribe are their direct brothers yooo! it will be as if ukhuluma amanyala noma awukhulume ngabantu. We are Africans, We are all human beings unfortunately a black mind is more colonized to an extend that we rather respect a Chinese than our fellow African brothers. We are so proud to learn English than an African languages.


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