"you think Petrus is an old-style kaffir."



In South Africa, the word was first used by the Portuguese explorers to describe the tribe people they met in Africa, and its use was continued by the English, Dutch and Afrikaans.

As racial divisions in South Africa intensified, the word became a common term of abuse directed at black people.The word kaffir is descended from the Arabic term for someone who didn't believe in Islam

Although the word has been widely condemned and its use, particularly during the apartheid era, was often seen as inflammatory, some people still use it informally today.