Make sure you fly South Africa’s national flag ‘red-side-up’

2010-06-07 00:00

SOUTH African flags are everywhere — clutched in the clammy hands of schoolchildren, flying from cars on the roads and hanging from buildings.

But did you know that there are strict guidelines to ensure that a country’s national flag is treated with dignity and respect?

For World Cup enthusiasts, the most pertinent warning is that the flag should never be displayed or flown upside down, which, according to the South African Vexillological Association (Sava), is the traditional sign of surrender.

So, remember the red band in the South African flag is always on the top and the blue band is at the bottom.

Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee, who for years has been on a personal campaign to get locals to fly the flag red-side up, voiced his despair at the number of sightings he has had of late where the blue band was on top.

He believes this mistake is being made because the sky is blue so many people assume that the blue goes on top.

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