Uzoqoqwa yikuhlwa

Uhlupho luzokwenza umuntu olihlongandlebe abone ukukhanya.

English Literal Equivalent: You will be gathered by the darkness.

English Meaning: Trouble, misfortune or need will bring you to your senses

Context: During daylight a person (particularly a child) is brave enough to stray away from home for one reason or another. One of these reasons could be altercation with parents or spouse. However, when night falls, the fear of darkness and all the known and perceived evils associated with darkness far outweigh the reason for leaving home. As such the errant person always finds themselves returning home uninvited.

Application: This proverb is usually used by parents or any person in position of authority to warn people straying from “home” that they will find themselves returning to the established ways due to need. As such noone will have to pursuade them to come back to their senses.

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