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Transkei



Introduction of Transkei
Former Bantu territory within South Africa, in theextreme E part of Cape Province, on the IndianOcean. Umtata was its largest city. The largest ofSouth Africa's Bantu “national units,” it was inhabitedby Nguni tribesmen in the 19th century and wasused as a base for cattle raids on Cape Colony, whichresulted in the Sixth and Seventh Kaffir Wars of1834-35 and 1846-47. It was joined to Cape Provincein 1865 and by parliamentary acts of 1959 and 1963 became the first nominally self-governing territoryof South Africa. The president of South Africaretained the right to veto any decision of the Transkeigovernment. No government other than that of SouthAfrica ever recognized the legitimacy of any of these“homeland s.” In 1994, it was merged into the newEastern Cape province.Former Bantu territory within South Africa, in theextreme E part of Cape Province, on the IndianOcean. Umtata was its largest city. The largest ofSouth Africa's Bantu “national units,” it was inhabitedby Nguni tribesmen in the 19th century and wasused as a base for cattle raids on Cape Colony, whichresulted in the Sixth and Seventh Kaffir Wars of1834-35 and 1846-47. It was joined to Cape Provincein 1865 and by parliamentary acts of 1959 and 1963 became the first nominally self-governing territoryof South Africa. The president of South Africaretained the right to veto any decision of the Transkeigovernment. No government other than that of SouthAfrica ever recognized the legitimacy of any of these“homeland s.” In 1994, it was merged into the newEastern Cape province.

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