from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A former internally self-governing Black African homeland in southeast South Africa on the Indian Ocean coast. It was designated a semiautonomous territory in 1963, granted nominal independence in 1976, and dissolved and reintegrated into South Africa by the 1993 interim constitution.


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  • It is necessary to insist, therefore, that the primary responsibility for actions in Transkei – the corruption, the brutality, the lack of democracy, the seizing of power through the barrel of a gun – falls on the blacks of Transkei.

    Matthew Yglesias » So Very Clever

  • The four said the Transkei High Court should be converted to a local division of the Eastern Cape division with the name Transkei

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918.

    Nelson Mandela - Biography

  • Kupelo said a contributing factor to the cholera outbreaks in areas such as the Transkei was the fact that a number of villages were without clean water and proper sanitation.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Holomisa was once military leader of the former black homeland known as the Transkei, the region that included Qunu.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Referring to the violence at Tsolo in the Transkei, which is being investigated by a commission of inquiry, he said he would consult Mr Mufamadi and South African National Defence Force chief

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Opening the annual chamber congress, Mr Mhlaba said the Transkei was the poorest part of the eastern Cape which was considered to be the second poorest of all the regions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He said the security force's action against the Transkei was a threat to the entire country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The sham "independence" of the Transkei is a step in the implementation of the diabolical scheme of the apartheid regime to deprive the African people - who constitute 70 per cent of the population of South Africa - of their rights of citizenship by relegating them to seven or eight bantustans to be established in 200 scattered reserves covering less than 13 per cent of the area of the country.


  • Xhosa is recognized as an additional official language in the Transkei, which is also given its own national anthem ( 'Nkosi Sikelel'i-Afrika) and flag to be flown side by side with the flag of the Republic.

    The Rise of the South African Reich - Chapter 15


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