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A former district of segregated townships on the southwestern outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. Soweto was the scene of violent anti-apartheid rioting in 1976, when a student protest led to clashes with police. In 2000, the district was officially incorporated into Johannesburg.
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(Placename) a contiguous group of Black African townships southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa: the largest purely Black African urban settlement in southern Africa: scene of riots (1976) following protests against the use of Afrikaans in schools for Black African children. Area: 62 sq km (24 sq miles). Pop: 858 649 (2001)
[C20: from so(uth) we(st) to(wnship)]
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So•we•to(səˈwɛt oʊ, -ˈweɪ toʊ)
a group of townships housing black South Africans SW of Johannesburg in NE South Africa. ab. 2,000,000; 26 sq. mi. (67 sq. km).
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|Noun||1.||Soweto - a large collection of African townships to the southwest of Johannesburg in South Africa; inhabited solely by Black Africans|
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