Transkei, The Transkei,
officially the Republic of Transkei, was a Bantustan—an area set aside
for members of a specific ethnicity—and nominal parliamentary democracy
in the southeastern region of South Africa. Its capital was Umtata, which was renamed Mthatha in 2004. Transkei
represented a significant precedent and historic turning point in South
Africa's policy of apartheid and "separate development"; it was the
first of four territories to be declared independent of South Africa.
Throughout its existence, it remained an internationally unrecognized,
diplomatically isolated, politically unstable de facto one-party state,
which at one point broke relations with South Africa, the only country
that acknowledged it as a legal entity. In 1994, it was reintegrated
into its larger neighbour and became part of the Eastern Cape province.
issued its own stamps during its independent time: 26.10.1976 -
26.04.1994. However, these stamps are still valid for post in South
Africa. Example of a letter with stamps of Transkei sent to Germany in
2015 is here.
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