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Yankee Zulu (known in South Africa as There's A Zulu On My Stoep) is a 1993 South African comedy film starring popular comedian Leon Schuster. An Afrikaner named Rhino and a black man named Zulu who used to be his childhood friend, reunite only to find themselves in a kerfuffle regarding a check worth half a million rand, a fascist and Rhino's crazy ex-wife.


  • All Germans Are Nazis: General Diehard is a fascist and owner of a right-wing white supremacist organization known as "Threatened Immigrants Right-wing Defence". He also sports a thick German accent and liberal usage of German words.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Rowena has a couple of guard dogs trained to attack black people.
  • Blackface: Rhino disguises himself as a black servant.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Tienkie and Prince William make use of slingshots both after they meet and as part of the villains' Humiliation Conga.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even for a movie that borrows many of its cues from Home Alone, General Diehard suffers a LOT of slapstick all throughout but especially during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Skill: As a kid, Zulu knows how to fling a glob of clay at his enemy from a reed. He uses this in the climax to save Tienkie and Prince William from Diehard.
  • Edible Ammunition: Tienkie and Prince William launch candy apples at Diehard and Rowena using slingshots.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The fascist organization run by Diehard (Threatened Immigrants Right-wing Defence) goes by the acronym T.I.R.D.
  • Gratuitous German: Diehard speaks quite a bit of German during his many scenes in the movie.
  • Groin Attack: Gen. Diehard receives it from a Booby Trap
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After Zulu sends him falling into the water, Diehard manages to drag himself out only for the elephant he employed in his imprisonment of Rhino and Zulu to sit on him.
  • Kids Are Cruel: When they were kids, Rowena and her friend saw no wrong in shooting a can off Zulu's head, even coaxing Rhino into doing it despite the latter two's objections.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After trying so hard to get the check from Rhino and Zulu and being established as racists, Gen. Diehard and Rowena face numerous booby traps devised by Tienkie and Prince William. And for trying to kill Tienkie, Diehard gets mud thrown at his face, falls into the water and, after pulling himself out, and gets sat on by the elephant he used to imprison Rhino and Zulu.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the end, Zulu turns out to be the father of Tienkie.
  • Meaningful Name: "They don't call me 'Diehard' for nothing!"
  • Missing Mom: Tienkie lives with her "father" Rhino with no sign of a mother. He admits to Zulu that he adopted her from their childhood friend Thandi, who died many years earlier.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: General Diehard.
  • Papa Wolf: Zulu, who is revealed to be Tienkie's father uses his clay-throwing to stop Diehard from killing her.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Gen. Diehard is a bigoted fascist with his own organization and Rowena is hardly any better. Both of whom are primarily shown to have a hatred of black people.
  • Product Placement: The Coca-Cola logo can be seen a couple times in the movie. Also, Thienkie goes to watch Home Alone at a Ster-Kinekornote  cinema in Sun City while Rhino and Zulu head off for the lottery draw.
  • Slapstick: Plenty of it!
  • William Telling: As a kid, Zulu was made to balance a tin can on his head while Rhino was forced to shoot it off. Later on, Rhino has Zulu do it to him as payback while imprisoned. However, it fails and Diehard gets hurt instead.
  • Woman Scorned: Rowena, a vindictive and trigger-happy bigot, is the ex-husband of Rhino. She, along with Diehard, tries many times to hunt him down for the check.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After so much slapstick, Gen. Diehard prepares to shoot Tienkie. Luckily, Zulu manages to save her in time by throwing mud at him.