Colonel’s pink slippers: air force chief sees red

2012-05-04 00:00

AN air force colonel caught on camera shopping in her lunch hour wearing bright pink slippers with her full uniform is now in even deeper trouble.

She was summoned to appear before air force chief Lieutenant-General Carlo Gagiano yesterday, but failed to turn up, according to the airforce.

Further steps against her are now being considered.

A fellow officer took the picture of Lieutenant-Colonel Ruth Ndayi in a shop in Brooklyn, Pretoria, last Wednesday.

Ndayi, an information officer, works in the air force joint operations centre in Pretoria.

A copy of the photo was sent to the air force for comment. Ndayi was summoned to a disciplinary inquiry before an enraged Gagiano and all of the air force’s chief directors yesterday.

Ndayi arrived an hour earlier and was asked to return at the appointed time, which she failed to do.

Since the picture appeared on Facebook this week, armed forces members and veterans have described it as “scandalous” and “unacceptable”.

“I am ashamed to put on the same uniform,” one wrote.

Advocate Pikkie Greeff of the SA National Defence Force Union, said it was unacceptable for a member to make the name of the whole defence force a laughing stock with such undisciplined behaviour.

“The fact that she did it so openly speaks volumes about the decline in discipline and standards in the defence force,” he said.

“Weak leaderhip leads to weak behaviour and standards, especially because young members are supposed to follow the example of senior officers.”

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