Kaffir Boy

Kaffir Boy

by

Mark Mathabane

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Tsotsis Term Analysis

African gangsters, often involved with organized crime.
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Tsotsis Term Timeline in Kaffir Boy

The timeline below shows where the term Tsotsis appears in Kaffir Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Apartheid’s Structural Oppression Theme Icon
Anger, Hatred, and Violence Theme Icon
Suffering, Survival, and Trauma Theme Icon
...monotonous course.” People like Mathabane’s parents work all week and struggle to survive. On payday, tsotsis (gangsters) come to extort some of their money. Over the weekends, black people in Alexandra... (full context)
Chapter 8
Apartheid’s Structural Oppression Theme Icon
Personal Prejudice Theme Icon
...Alexandra with a “gang” of boys between six and eight years old. They admire the tsotsis in their sharp suits and shiny shoes, and sometimes hunt for empty beer bottles to... (full context)
Chapter 21
Tribal Identity vs. Modern Education Theme Icon
Anger, Hatred, and Violence Theme Icon
Suffering, Survival, and Trauma Theme Icon
...remarks that she wishes she’d hauled her own son to school; instead he became a tsotsi. Now he’s dead. (full context)
Chapter 27
Anger, Hatred, and Violence Theme Icon
Suffering, Survival, and Trauma Theme Icon
...year, Mathabane witnesses a murder. As he is walking home one afternoon, he sees six tsotsis chasing two unarmed men. At the sight of gangsters, Mathabane quickly hides himself in some... (full context)
Anger, Hatred, and Violence Theme Icon
Suffering, Survival, and Trauma Theme Icon
One of the men escapes, but the tsotsis corner the other in a yard and begin “carving” him with knives, machetes, and tomahawks,... (full context)
Chapter 38
Apartheid’s Structural Oppression Theme Icon
Personal Prejudice Theme Icon
Anger, Hatred, and Violence Theme Icon
...gets off the train and starts walking to the clinic, he sees a gang of tsotsis robbing and murdering a man “in broad daylight,” so he backtracks and takes a longer... (full context)