Chiefly in KwaZulu-Natal: an urban shack settlement, usually erected very rapidly, and not officially proclaimed as a residential area.Cf. squatter camp (see squatter sense 3). Also attributive. See also informal sense 2 a.
1986Cape Times 25 Jan. 1Two days of bitter clashes between Zulus and Pondos has wiped out the sprawling shackland..in the Umbogintwini area near Malakazi, south of Durban.
1986Pillay & Harris inSunday Times 26 Jan. 2A once-bustling shackland has disappeared, the houses burned to the ground and survivors fleeing...The antagonism between the Zulu and Pondo tribes in these shackland settlements came to a head on Wednesday.
1986C. Mann inFrontline June 17Sunday’s not the best of nights, the mist billowing down the shackland streets, in a country gone to the dogs.
1990W. Botha inFrontline Sept. 21I hoped it would help me to know what is happening in Natal. But as I delved into shackland life and the power struggle, truth became elusive, and values entangled.
1994R. Malan inStyle May 44There are heavily armed soldiers on the bridges, and sentinels in towers on the freeway verge. They are there to protect people like me from those in the shacklands, and..I am grateful. I would never dream of entering the squatter camps on a Saturday.
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