Inkomo ingazala umuntu koMhlahlandlela

Angeke kwenzeke

English Literal Equivalent:A cow can give birth to a human being at Mhlahlandlela (if such a thing as is being proposed can happen).

English Meaning: What is being proposed or what one intends to do cannot happen. Another way to put it is to say if pigs could fly.

Context: Mhlahlandlela was King Mzilikazi’s royal residence. Due to Mzilikazi’s tight security and the respect and fear he commanded not only in his kingdom but in other kingdoms as well. Certain things could not happen at his Royal Kraal. The implication was that if it could happen at the king’s kraal, it can happen anywhere.

Application: In life, there are things that are practically impossible. Other people however are adamant on embarking on mission impossible oblivious to loss in terms of time and resources that usually go with doing or attempting to do what is evidently impossible. Thus people end up saying if u can complete that task a cow will give birth to a human.


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