Soweto (South-West Township) Group of black townships of more than a million people on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 1976, Soweto attracted international attention, when a student demonstration against the compulsory teaching of Afrikaans in Bantu schools sparked a series of riots against the apartheid regime. The police brutally suppressed the disturbances, killing 618 people. Comprising mostly sub-standard government housing, it remained a focus of protest. Pop. (2000) 992,100.
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