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  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu
  • Tsotsitaal spread first as a criminal language, as it had the power of insuring secrecy in the speech
  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"
  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto
  • Nowadays in Soweto, possibly up to 500,000 youths speak tsotsitaal as their main language or one of their main languages
  • Only criminals at first could understand Tsotsitaal

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English Translation: homeboy

Language: Tsotsitaal

Ya Semzini means “Homeboy/blood brother” a boy or man from your own town, or someone who is a close friend or a member of your  gang

English Translation: light-skinned female

Language: Tsotsitaal

a light-skinned black woman; a yellow bone, is a black female with a very light skin complexion.

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