By Barbara Hollands
IT’S official! It was not the South African Defence Force’s duty to tell Pretoria’s infamous “pink slipper colonel” to mend her disrespectful ways.
No, it was the responsibility of the person who photographed her in a shopping mall three months ago dressed in full uniform, fashionably accessorised in the fluffy pink slippers which made the rather portly Air Force colonel famous.
Defence Force corporate communications General Xolani Mabanga told Weekend Post yesterday that the matter was “a small issue” which had not deserved the attention it had received by the media and public.
In April, Lieutenant-Colonel Ruth Ndayi was photographed pushing a trolley in her smart SA Air Force uniform and pink slippers at a Pretoria shopping mall.
Although Ndayi, who is still stationed as an information officer in the SA Air Force’s joint operations division, was supposed to have faced disciplinary action, Weekend Post could not corroborate whether this ever took place because Mabanga said the matter had been referred to Ndayi’s unit.
“Wearing slippers doesn’t qualify her to be dismissed,” he said.
Although Mabanga said the SANDF did not condone the uniform breach, he lashed out at the photographer, who is thought to be Ndayi’s colleague.
“What happened to the person who took the photo? If they were a concerned citizen they could have approached her and told her she was not properly dressed rather than taking the photo.
“That was their responsibility. It is the responsibility of every person to correct such a thing rather than embarrass [the defence force].
“We were dragged down. We don’t think it deserved the attention of the media, although we do not condone the wearing of slippers.”
This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday July 7 2012.
Article source: http://theweekendpost.com/2012/07/10/pink-slipper-blame-game/