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Flame of Democracy out for now

2012-05-10 15:39

Johannesburg - The Flame of Democracy at the Constitutional Court has been doused for maintenance, but will be burning again next week, an official said on Thursday.

"We're upgrading the flame at the moment," explained Petal Thring, CEO of Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, which houses the flame in an installation to mark 15 years of the anniversary of the Constitution.

Former president Nelson Mandela lit the "Flame of Democracy" last year at his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

Before lighting a flame in a bowl marked "freedom" in the installation, the flame passed through the hands of the justices of the Constitutional Court.

President Jacob Zuma could not make it because of his schedule, so Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe had the honour of declaring it lit at a ceremony in December.

He said at the time: "We must light the flame to dispel the darkness of our past. The Eternal Flame of Democracy that we are lighting today must never blow out, but forever cast light on our nation."

However he could not have predicted the effect of soot and how it would damage the surrounding structure. When officials noticed how blackened the installation had become, they decided to switch it off and bring workmen in to make a few alterations. These were expected to be completed by next Wednesday.

The spotlight at Constitution Hill that can be seen from across Johannesburg is however still burning bright.

Said Thring of the Flame of Democracy: "It's such an amazing feature. We're so lucky to have it here."

Comments
  • abrie.burger - 2012-05-10 15:45

    Has been out for a while now... Doused by corruption and violence.

      Fredster - 2012-05-10 15:50

      My thoughts exactly

      Vicker - 2012-05-10 16:02

      And in further breaking news, city workers were spotted repainting the faded Stop sign on the way to Spar yesterday. When asked when the job would be finished, the spokesperson for the 16 crew-members looked up from the grass where he and 14 others were napping, and said: "Eish, maybe next week even, maybe the week after that, cos the manager he said this job she is veery urgent...". It is still not clear where the 16th crew member was at this time, as it was his turn to be painting the lines...

      Freddie - 2012-05-10 16:21

      How appropriate...

      Alan - 2012-05-10 16:33

      Further to your news report Vicker, there is more. A gang of road workers was sent out this morning without shovels. When one of them finally phoned in, he was told: "Never mind, just lean on each other in the meantime, and we'll send the shovels as soon as we can."

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-11 00:26

      I could almost believe that!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-10 15:46

    #Facepalm

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-05-10 15:48

    whoopy doo

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-10 15:49

    Under maintenance lol!!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-10 16:08

      Under being the operative word .......lol

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-10 16:12

      hahahaha yip! With the ANC, everything is under maintenance :-)

  • SubGenius - 2012-05-10 15:50

    Quite symbolic.

  • John - 2012-05-10 15:50

    Might as well leave it out... Dying, the beloved country.

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-10 15:50

    Is this really news....it needs maintanance

      Nigel - 2012-05-10 16:19

      It sure does my friend, whole darn country needs an overhaul.

  • Damian - 2012-05-10 15:53

    I fail to see how this is a headline? Are you that desperate for content. Maintenance? Come on, there is so much more to care about than this. At least they are looking after a symbol of our democracy, rather than letting it go to hell.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-10 16:09

      Symbol is all it is ......there is NO democracy in the country

      Nigel - 2012-05-10 16:21

      Keeping it out would be the correct symbol.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-10 17:20

      It got us all reading it though - so we must be thinking that democracy IS being threatened by this crowd....

  • Herman - 2012-05-10 15:54

    Do we have a democracy???

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-10 16:01

    How ironic.

  • jan.human - 2012-05-10 16:03

    Who got the job and how much is it costing the taxpayer?

  • Trevor - 2012-05-10 16:14

    Leave it out.... it's polluting the SOUTH AFRICAN air.....is it a BEE flame...it really don't light up my life

  • Martin - 2012-05-10 16:16

    yeaaah right, who stole the copper tube supplying the gas?

  • Nigel - 2012-05-10 16:18

    Best to just leave it out and stop trying to be politically correct. We'll light it up again when we have a Democracy (if ever). .

  • Bob - 2012-05-10 16:19

    "Amazing feature" pity this government don't practice it.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-10 16:49

    You see? you see? and we blamed poor Juju when he said Msholozi is a tyrant. He couldn't even be bothered with lighting the \flame of democracy\. Ja..ek se jou....

  • sean.kedian - 2012-05-10 16:54

    Violence,corruption,mismanagement,apathy,murder.........all doused the flame long ago. Why bother lighting it again?

  • Carry - 2012-05-10 16:59

    DEMOCRACY .... WHAT DEMOCRACY ?

  • Sonja - 2012-05-10 17:01

    cANCer have tried to destroy it....lucky we have a legal system

  • Carry - 2012-05-10 17:03

    WITH THE anc EVERYTHING IS UNDER MAINTENANCE - PROBABLY WAITING FOR QUOTES FROM 30 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-10 17:18

    "We must light the flame to dispel the darkness of our past. The Eternal Flame of Democracy that we are lighting today must never blow out, but forever cast light on our nation." Perhaps they have doused the flame because it's casting too much light on their dishonest and evil doings.

  • SAMusic - 2012-05-10 18:02

    "We're upgrading the flame at the moment" ... to flame 2.0 ;-)

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-05-10 20:43

    Flame is out, dead, alterations being made cos of the black soot and smoke. This is such a cryptic and ominus sign because that is exactly what is happening to our initialy bright constitution. It is causing an embarrasment to the ruling party. the corruption (soot) is being cleaned - the government wants to change it - (the constitution.) It seems to me like an omen and so fitting

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 06:29

    THE FLAME OF DEMOCRACY BURNT FOR ONLY ONE DAY - THE DAY OF MADIBA'S INAUGRATION AS PRESIDENT .............. WHEN EVERYBODY LEFT THE STADIUM AND THE BRIBES AND FRAUD STARTED, IT SLOWLY STARTED TO DIE.

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