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  • Only criminals at first could understand Tsotsitaal
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"

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English Translation: weed

Language: Tsotsitaal

Zol means “Weed/Marijuana” a usually illegal drug made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which produces a feeling of pleasant relaxation if smoked or eaten

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English Translation: weed

Language: Tsotsitaal

Zolo means “Weed/Marijuana” a usually illegal drug made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which produces a feeling of pleasant relaxation if smoked or eaten

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English Translation: food

Language: Tsotsitaal

Zozo means “food” something that people and animals eat, or plants absorb, to keep them alive

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