Flag of South Africa (1928–1994)

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Union / Republic of South Africa
Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg
Name"Oranje, Blanje, Blou">
"Union flag"[1][2]
"Apartheid flag"
UseNational flag, civil and state ensign National flag, civil and state ensign Design used in the past, but now abandoned
Proportion2:3
Adopted31 May 1928 (1928-05-31)
Relinquished21 March 1990 (1990-03-21)
(South West Africa/Namibia)
20 April 1994 (1994-04-20)
(South Africa)
DesignThree horizontal bands of orange, white and blue with three small flags (the Union Jack to the left, the vertical version of the flag of the Orange Free State in the centre and the flag of the South African Republic to the right) centered on the white band.

The flag of South Africa from 1928 to 1994 was originally used by the Union of South Africa from 1928 to 1961 and later the Republic of South Africa until 1994. It was also used in South West Africa (today Namibia) until 1990 when the territory was under South African rule.

The design features three horizontal bands of orange, white and blue with three small flags (the flag of the United Kingdom to the left, the vertical version of the flag of the Orange Free State in the centre and the flag of the South African Republic to the right) centered on the white band. Because of its colours it was known as the Oranje, Blanje, Blou (Afrikaans for Orange, White, Blue) by citizens.

The flag is viewed as a symbol of apartheid and white supremacy, since 2019 it is illegal to display this flag in public in South Africa and is classified as a hate speech.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Dickens, Peter (2017-03-15). "The inconvenient and unknown history of South Africa's national flags". The Observation Post. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  2. "How an old Dutch flag became a racist symbol". The Economist. 2015-06-22. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  3. Tom Head (21 August 2019). "It's now 'illegal' to display the apartheid flag in South Africa". The South African. Retrieved 21 August 2019.