group, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Narrowed sense of general English, influenced by group area.
1. An ethnic group, as defined under the Group Areas Act (see group area noun phrase sense 2 a). Also attributive.
1950 Act 41 in Stat. of Union 415The Governor-General may..declare that..the area defined in the proclamation shall be an area for occupation by members of the group specified therein.
1985 E. Prov. Herald 16 Aug. 4The Group Areas Act should not be applied to the advantage of any particular group, or to the detriment of any group.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 28 Mar. 2Mr Botha told an audience..that the devolution of power and the protection of minority groups were not possible without own residential areas and community lives for different groups.
1989 E. Prov. Herald 23 Aug. 3Mr Nel said..Mr De Klerk had vowed that the group principle was of the utmost importance for any political development in South Africa.
2. combination
group rights, the power of an ethnic group to determine its own future; used especially with regard to the protection of the white minority. See also own affair sense 1.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 15 June 9President PW Botha has..drawn the line at the Constitutional Council’s plans to scrap all references to ‘group rights’.
1987 Work in Progress July 6S— had strongly argued..that the ANC should give the white population collective guarantees and group rights.
1990 Weekly Mail 4 May 12Thabo Mbeki..suggested there would only be two sides at the negotiations — the Nationalist Party and those who backed ‘group rights’, and the ANC and those who wanted non-racialism.
1991 R.W. Johnson in Sunday Times 10 Feb. 21As soon as you hear someone talk about ‘group rights’ or ‘the oppressor’, you know which camp they’re in.
An ethnic group, as defined under the Group Areas Actgroup areanoun phrase2 a. Also attributive.
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