One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A partially self-governing area set aside during the period of apartheid for a particular indigenous African people; a so-called homeland.
- ‘They ran the Bantustans and helped administer the Bantu Authorities Act.’
- ‘You mean, that little spot on the map is not a former Bantustan?!’
- ‘It's not even Bantustans, like in apartheid South Africa, that they have in mind.’
- ‘White South Africans invented the Bantustans to pen black people into defined reservoirs of labor, being allowed to leave only when working for white South Africa.’
- ‘There are obvious parallels with the creation of so-called tribal homelands, or Bantustans by the Apartheid regime in South Africa.’
From Bantu + -stan, on the pattern of words such as Hindustan.
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