Thursday 19 November 2020

ZRP Police In Ndebele Language Storm Over Wrongly Spelt Magwegwe Sign Post


ZRP police in Bulawayo received a baptism of fire yesterday after they erected a signpost at Magwegwe Police Station with a wrong spelling.

According to The Chronicle, messages started circulating yesterday morning on social media after members of the public took a picture showing Magwegwe written as ‘Magwegewe’.

Since yesterday social media has been ablaze with citizens attacking ZRP police for failing to write Ndebele spellings, saying this showed disregard for their language.

Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele issued an apology to members of the public. She, however, said the wrong spelling was a “genuine mistake” and a correction has been made.


“Police in Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public that the spelling error which resulted in the name of Magwegwe Police Station being misspelled has since been rectified. This was a genuine error by one of our trusted local businessmen who willingly volunteered to print a banner for the police.”

“The error was discovered during the erection of the banner and immediately removed and corrected. Some members of the public had already taken some pictures and circulated them.”

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused and we would like to appreciate our local business people for their continuous support,” she said.

This is not the first time an institution or organization has come under fire for misspelling isiNdebele words. Mobile services provider NetOne has also been caught in the storm after it failed to correctly spell ‘amhlophe’ in its advertisements, instead wrote ‘amuhlope’.

As the same mistakes continue to be repeated by different organizations, members of the general public have come to view this as a deliberate attempt by organizations to mutilate the Ndebele language.

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