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1. Any of the homelands formerly established for blacks in South Africa by the government during the apartheid era.
2. A landlocked, often fragmented ethnic enclave within a larger state, nominally possessing some degree of autonomy but usually economically dependent and lacking real power.

[From Bantu (on the model of Hindustan).]


(ˈbɑːntʊˌstɑːn; ˌbæntʊˈstɑːn)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly, in South Africa) an area reserved for occupation by a Black African people, with limited self-government; abolished in 1993. Official name: homeland


(ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd)

1. one's native land.
2. a region created or considered as a state by or for a particular ethnic group: the Palestinian homeland.
3. any of the racially and ethnically based regions created in South Africa by the government as nominally independent tribal states.
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The head of state said he does not believe in recreating bantustans.
The politics of the so-called economic deal is to enslave the Palestinian people to a lifetime of misery, disenfranchised and ghettoized in bantustans. Though Kushner is feted in the Arab capitals of America's client-states as an ally of their respective regime's despotic rulers, as far as Palestinians are concerned, he is an ardent Zionist who backs and finances Israel's illegal colony-settlements.
The reserves were renamed Bantustans, the ethnic homeland areas for various tribal groupings.
The relocation of black South Africans to townships in the rural bantustans was one of the defining and most brutal projects of the racist apartheid regime, says Evans, and while the urban dimensions of apartheid removals are well understood, the impacts in the county's rural areas have attracted less attention.
In apartheid South Africa and Namibia, between 1913 and 1994, the Black Bantu people were cordoned off into 10 Bantustans, wherein designated ethnic groups were forced to live in besieged concentrations.
In fact, it is no different from what happened to black Africans in the same country during apartheid.One of the hallmarks of that era was that the black population was herded like so many head of cattle into sprawling slums next to opulent estates as sources of cheap labour, and then later confined in the so-called Bantustans where they even had their own puppet "kings" and chiefs.
Ashrawi added, "With the blanket support of the current US administration, including endorsement of Israel's egregious violations and total disdain for international law and the global consensus, Israel is successfully destroying the territorial contiguity and territorial integrity the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) to enhance its colonial settlement enterprise and facilitate the creation of Bantustans throughout occupied Palestine."
In fact, the 'deal of the century' that Donald Trump is championing to bring 'peace' between Israel and the Arabs is anything but as per details available in the public sphere, it is a plan to legitimise the occupation and confine the Palestinians to Bantustans.
The Panun Kashmir and the Bantustans. Panun Kashmir, Organization of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits-forced out of the Valley under the Governor Jagmohan in 1990s.
Most of these targeted removals were intended to restrict the black population to 10 designated "tribal homelands", also known as bantustans, four of which became nominally independent states.
In a province whose labor policies privileged coloreds at the expense of Africans, the residents of Crossroads built communities whose resilience depended in part on the very Bantustans to which apartheid sought to confine them.
The Eastern Cape, home to the impoverished Transkei and Ciskei Bantustans, sent a steady stream of migrants to the Cape Flats in search of wage labor, but these migrants were effectively shut out of housing by the Group Areas Act (27).