Meaning of situpa in English:

situpa

noun

(also chitupa)
historical
  • In Southern Rhodesia (subsequently Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (subsequently Zambia): an official document issued by the government to black residents, certifying the holder's identity, tribe, etc., and required to be carried by those leaving their local area.

    Situpas were issued during British colonial rule of these regions in the early to mid 20th century, and were typically used by men travelling for employment.

Pronunciation

situpa

/sɪˈtuːpə/ /sɪˈtuːpɑː/

Origin

1920s. Partly from Lozi situpa (from si-, singular class prefix + -tupa identity document).