- a self-governing Bantu territory of South Africa on the Indian Ocean: granted independence in 1976 by South Africa, but not recognized by any other country as an independent state. 16,910 sq. mi. (43,798 sq. km). Capital: Umtata.
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Mandela was born among the rolling grasslands and rocky ravines of the Transkei region, where whites were seldom seen.Mandela: The Miracle Maker
December 5, 2013
The white forces in the Transkei were in imminent peril of annihilation.'Tween Snow and Fire
“There always is a scare in the Transkei,” struck in Jones, the landlord, who was carving.
It is for this reason we find it sometimes bearing the name Transkei.The World and Its People: Book VII
Anna B. Badlam
The Gcalekas had attacked and routed a strong body of Police in the Transkei, and had killed several men and an officer.
True, the Transkei was a long way off, but the ruction would never stop there.
- (formerly) the largest of the Bantu homelands in South Africa; declared an independent state in 1976 but this was not recognized outside South Africa; abolished in 1993. Capital: Umtata