Phuthi, also siPhuti is a BantuNguni language variety with Sotho influence spoken in scattered communities in the Eastern Cape / Lesotho borderland. It is part of the Swatidialect continuum. The origins of this language can be traced back for about 300 years. Their most notable leader was Chief Morisi (born in 1775) that died on Morisi mountain after a skirmish with the British, Boers and Basotho forces because of alleged stolen livestock. This event caused the people to disperse all over the mountainous region in order to escape capture by the colonial powers of the time. It is estimated that around 20 000 people in South Africa and Lesotho use Phuthi as their home language. Map showing the approximate distribution of Bantu (dull yellow) vs. ... Nguni is a group of languages spoken in southern Africa including isiZulu, isiXhosa, siSwati, and isiNdebele. ... The Sotho language group is a group of three closely related languages spoken in Southern Africa including Setswana, Sesotho, and Sesotho sa Leboa. ... The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. ... Swati (also known as siSwati and Swazi) is a Bantu language of the Nguni Group spoken in Swaziland and South Africa. ... A dialect continuum is a range of dialects spoken across a large geographical area, differing only slightly between areas that are geographically close, and gradually decreasing in mutual intelligibility as the distances become greater. ... Afrikaners are white South Africans of predominantly Calvinist Dutch, German, French Huguenot, Friesian and Walloon descent who speak Afrikaans. ...
Phuthi (Siphuthi) is a NguniBantulanguage heavily influenced by the surrounding Sotho and Xhosa languages.
Phuthi is spoken in dozens (possibly hundreds) of scattered communities in the Eastern Cape / Lesotho borderland, from Herschel northwards and eastwards, and in the Matatiele area of the far northern Transkei, and throughout southern Lesotho.
The most famous Phuthi leader was the very powerful Chief Moorosi (born in 1775), who died in unclear circumstances on Mount Moorosi after a protracted nine-month long siege by the British, Boers and Basotho forces, usually called "Moorosi's Rebellion".
The most common home language of South Africa is Zulu (24% of the population speak Zulu at home), followed by Xhosa at 18% and Afrikaans at 13%.
The majority of South Africans speak a language from either of the Sotho branch of Bantulanguages (This includes Sesotho, Sesotho sa Leboa and Setswana) or of the Nguni branch of Bantulanguages (Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati and Ndebele).
Afrikaans, a language derived from Dutch, is the most widely spoken language in the country's two westernmost provinces.
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