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self-governing, participial adjective

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English, AfrikaansShow more Special sense of general English self-governing autonomous, independent; or translation of Afrikaans selfregerende.
historical
Of or pertaining to the former ethnically-based territories (or ‘homelands’) within South Africa which enjoyed a limited form of self-government by legislative assembly, but which did not accept ‘independence’ under the policy of separate development. See also homeland sense 1. Cf. independent.
Note:
The territories thus designated were re-incorporated into South Africa in 1994.
1978 Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 311Transkei was granted independence on 26 October 1976 and BophuthaTswana became an independent state on 6 December 1977. All other homelands have self-governing status.
1992 D. Beresford in Guardian Weekly 11 Sept. 12Six areas (Gazankulu, Lebowa, KwaNdebele, Qwaqwa and KwaZulu) are now designated as self-governing states.
Of or pertaining to the former ethnically-based territories (or ‘homelands’) within South Africa which enjoyed a limited form of self-government by legislative assembly, but which did not accept ‘independence’ under the policy of separate development.

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