Umlomo litshoba lokuziphungela

Umuntu kumele athole ithuba lokuziphendulela nxa kulomlandu owetheswayo.

English Literal Equivalent: The mouth is the brush for driving away flies from oneself.

English Meaning: A person must have an opportunity to speak for themselves on any matter concerning them.

Context: Beasts are always troubled by various kinds of flies and they always use the brushy end of their tails to drive away the flies from their bodies. The implication is that a person will from time to time have issues raised against them which issues should be driven away in the same way the beasts drive away the flies. The weapon however, which is at the disposal of a human being for driving away any issues raised against them is the mouth which should then be used for self defense against any verbal attack on the person or character of the individual. Such attack can have far reaching consequences to the individual hence the need for self defense

Application: There are tendencies for some people to blame others for certain things without given them a chance to speak for themselves. This proverb is used in such instances and hence challenges people to always give others a chance to speak for themselves. On the other hand, some people will choose to keep quite when issues are raised against them hoping or believing that fate will prove their innocence. This proverb thus also encourages people to always speak for themselves and express their views on an issues that relate to them.

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