Imikhombe iyenanana

Umuntu unceda lowo omncedayo.

English Literal Equivalent:Gifts one get are exchanged for others.

English Meaning: One good turn deserves another.

Context: In Ndebele and many African cultures, when one slaughters a cow, relatives and neighbours assist him in skinning the animal. After the work has been completed, the cow owner gives portions of meat to his helpers as a token of appreciation. At the end everyone benefits since the beast slaughterer has received the help he so much needed and the helpers get the much needed relish.

Application: This proverb is used to encourage people that can only expect to get help if they give help to others. It is common that some people do not want to help others yet they expect to receive help from the same people they refuse to help. It is only fair that one should expect help if he helps others.


Inxeba lendoda alihlekwa

Kumele sikhombise uzwelo kulabo abehlelwe luhlupho oluthuze, singabenzi inhlekisa. English Literal Equivalent: Another man’s wound should not be laughed at. English Meaning: Do not mock

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Okwehlula amadoda kuyabikwa

Kuqakathekile ukukhuluma ngokukuhluphayo kulabo abasondelane lawe ukuze bakusize. English Literal Equivalent: What men fail to handle should be reported. English Meaning: One should give voice

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