Pink slippers land colonel in hot water

2012-05-04 11:10

Pretoria - The air force is taking disciplinary steps against a colonel who was photographed shopping during lunch hour while wearing full uniform – and bright pink slippers.

Lieutenant Colonel Ruth Ndayi was seen shopping in Brooklyn mall in the slippers last Wednesday, reported Beeld.

She was supposed to appear before the air force chief, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano on Thursday, but arrived an hour early and did not return at the scheduled time.

She will now face further disciplinary charges.

Ndayi is an information officer in the army’s department for joint operations in Pretoria.

The photograph was taken by a colleague and sent to the air force for comment. It was then spread on the internet, provoking widespread shock and condemnation from military personnel.

South African Defence Union national secretary advocate Pikkie Greeff said it was unacceptable that a soldier made a laughing stock of the whole army with such undisciplined behaviour.

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-05-04 11:17

    Bulls Supporter?

      Loo - 2012-05-04 11:22

      hehheh :)I doubt it somehow looking at the pic

      Vernon - 2012-05-04 11:38

      maybe she's a cow in bulls colours

      Philemon - 2012-05-04 12:02

      Information technology! Just as well, as there is NO WAY she will fit in the cockpit of a fighter plane.

      Dave - 2012-05-04 12:22

      Hey com-mon she put on some comfortable foot wear to go shopping, give the lady a break

      StoneAgePeasant - 2012-05-04 12:37

      A steak-holder maybe?

      Smile - 2012-05-04 13:07

      I agree she did not do much wrong!!! Why is this news? Let her do her shopping in peace? MAKE LOVE NOT WAR!

      infijar.ken - 2012-05-04 14:48

      She's not the one who was promoted from office cleaner to Colonel, is she?

      Denise - 2012-05-05 15:22

      OUR NEW (IMPROVED) RAINBOW AIR FARCE Literally translated, the South African Air Force motto, “Per Aspera Ad Astra”, means “from the mud to the stars”…commonly translated as “From hardship to the stars”. …But you could have fooled me, because into the mud is where these new South Africans want to drag the name of one of the best flying units this world has ever seen. The SA Air Force has a proud history. Not only did they partake in both WWI and WWII on the side of the Allied forces defending Britain and campaigning in North Africa and Italy, but after the war the SA Air Force sent 20 crews to partake in the Berlin Airlift, saving millions of Germans from starvation by the Communists. During the Korean War the SA Air Force sent an entire squadron to fight on the side of the USA, flying F-51D Mustangs and Sabre Jets. South African Pilots, just like South African Medical Doctors are known as some of the best in the world. The SA pilots’ reputations are especially well respected, throughout the industry..... But it doesn’t take much to ruin that reputation!

      Smile - 2012-05-05 23:52

      henk63 - I get where you are comming from mate! But I dont want the ANC in control of a competent army :(

      John - 2012-05-17 04:12

      I propose a new rank in SANDF called: MAMMA COLONEL !!! ....and furthermore, Class 1 will be with PINK slippers. Is that South African version of "Purple Heart"?

  • Christopher - 2012-05-04 11:18

    Just another example of the break down in discipline in the SANDF.

      Razz - 2012-05-04 12:28

      @ Christopher. You are correct. There is just no DISIPLINE in this country, check all other departments too. SAPS even worst. Don't blame people when they say this country is going down to the dogs. You don't realize what this is doing to our youth who are the parents of tomorrow. Go and see other countries even in AFRICA the culture and discipline that people portray dispite their difficulties. The ANC has taken this away from civil society.

      Erich - 2012-05-04 12:39

      I do not know what is the worst. A lady colonel wearing pink slippers in a supermarket or the female Minister of Defence making a fool of herself all year round.

      Tommy - 2012-05-04 12:39

      There were never discipline in the SANDF - only in the SADF.

      Eric - 2012-05-04 12:48

      In the good old days of the SADF, she would have been hauled in front of a court-martial. Nowadays, the SANDF is run by a useless bunch of ex terrorists (including the woman with the roadkill on her head) who dish out jobs and ranks to their friends and family.

      odupreez - 2012-05-04 13:29

      @Leonard - you will never get an answer, and I think what she knows about Information Technology will also be pretty scary.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-04 13:31

      @leonard- do you really have to ask?

      Vickers - 2012-05-04 13:49

      I used to be very proud of my old SADF tunic. If this is officer material in the SANDF, I would like to hand in my pips.

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-04 11:18

    Maybe she's a Bulls supporter.

      Rhyno - 2012-05-04 12:45

      Joke only works once Rikesh...

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 11:19

    Bwahahahaha .. if he wore cammo slippers .. would it have been ok ?? hehe this made me giggle.

      Loo - 2012-05-04 11:21

      Correction .. SHE .. i always get it wrong hehhe

  • Clive - 2012-05-04 11:20

    No Words lol

  • Piet - 2012-05-04 11:21

    SIGH.... I could have guessed....

      Sharon - 2012-05-04 12:58

      @ Piet - Here is my best guess: The pink slippers are hiding the orange nail varnish..

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 11:21

    Well the way I see it. If you sleep on the job ,wear the proper attire. Nothing wrong with that

      Vernon - 2012-05-04 11:40

      she decided to tread softly

      Loo - 2012-05-04 11:45

      Hehe . .no offence Cnl. But lose some weight and you might fit into your shoes :)

      Catherinne - 2012-05-04 12:06

      LOL Loo! Best reply I've seen so far today!

      Fussed - 2012-05-04 13:32

      She just slipped in to buy matching underware

  • Leon - 2012-05-04 11:26

    Haha de choose aar in for repairs..

  • Kala - 2012-05-04 11:27

    Walmart has hardly been here long and look at the effect its having on shoppers dress codes.

  • Tommy - 2012-05-04 11:28

    And why is her Airforce beret on her head while indoors? She would have run to the mountain and back a couple of times to pick some leaves, if she were in the old force.

      Kala - 2012-05-04 11:33

      With a sand bag

      catgirl1971 - 2012-05-04 11:39

      The \old force\ didn't have grossly overweight individuals like this disgraceful excuse for a Lt Colonel.

      Phillip - 2012-05-04 11:39

      She is built for comfort, not for speed...

      Tommy - 2012-05-04 11:41

      And in full kit - and of course picking the wrong leaf a couple of times.

      Vernon - 2012-05-04 11:42


  • Brett - 2012-05-04 11:30

    How did this cadre become a high ranking officer? Did she even complete basic training? This countrys military is a joke.

      Kala - 2012-05-04 11:33

      Its promotion by nepotism

      Peter - 2012-05-04 11:37

      No -- it's promotion by association.

      Jen - 2012-05-04 11:50

      Believe me, this problem is miniscule compared to the real problems the Air Force faces daily. This woman has become a scapegoat... And this incident is a red herring, or should that be pink?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-04 12:26

      Everything in this country is a joke.

  • wernervanaswegen - 2012-05-04 11:35

    Chest in, stomach out!

      Marion - 2012-05-04 11:44


      Marion - 2012-05-04 11:47

      Did you notice that she has a severe case of Coopers droop?

  • Marion - 2012-05-04 11:42

    Now I've seen everything. Looks like the civilian guy did a double take.

  • Donovan - 2012-05-04 11:42

    Colonel Slippers!!!!

  • Phillip - 2012-05-04 11:44

    At least it is pink with blue.. imagine the balahoo if it was green slippers.... the military fashion police would have put her in front of a firing squad... A lot of thought went into her fashion choice... firstly, the colour is an acceptable one, seeing she is in Blue Bull Country. Secondly, boots are soooo last year... slippers are far more comfy, seeing she is built for comfort rather than speed.

  • Pravda - 2012-05-04 11:45

    what is really funny, is that the so called internet freedom fighters are not out making counter comments. looks like there is a virus on the ancyl server.

  • Vernon - 2012-05-04 11:45

    wonder how is the airforce gonna put this one to bed.

      Marion - 2012-05-04 12:17

      Without slippers?

      Fussed - 2012-05-04 13:34

      With great diffilcalty, They dont have a bed big enough and they are always aseep on the job

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 11:47

    Damn ... I hope Air force has some BIG planes to carry all that ,, luckily the slippers weigh less than shoes I suppose

  • Vernon - 2012-05-04 11:49

    airforce..can she fit in the cockpit

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-04 11:53

    The glorious and mighty South African National Defense Force... oh what has happened to you; once the base for heroes and heroines, now just a pink, fat and unfit joke.

  • Bill - 2012-05-04 11:54

    Do we really need a "Defence Force" or should we rather spend more money on a proper, efficient, and corruption-free police force? Our "Air Force" apparently only has one fully operational squadron, the VIP Transport Squadron, while all others are grounded due to a lack of qualified pilots or major maintenance deficiencies. Our Navy is in dire straits due to a shortage of qualified engineering staff. No idea why we have an army except to send various groups off to play peace-keeping roles elsewhere in Africa. Which of our neighbours is going to invade us? Why do we need a huge military budget?

      Stirrer - 2012-05-04 12:02


      Tommy - 2012-05-04 12:06

      Yes, Swaziland aerolights spotted patrolling the border.

      Marion - 2012-05-04 12:20

      Last I heard there were only 9 pilots qualified to fly 23 brand new Griffin jets. Guessing this woman is not one of them.

      Tommy - 2012-05-04 12:23

      We have 9, but do we have enough jet-fuel to put even 1 up in the air. Heard that our supplies only lasts till about Aug - Sept each year, then all planes are grounded till next year.

      Bibi - 2012-05-04 12:45

      @bILL: Government's way to provide employment.

      Marion - 2012-05-04 13:45

      @Tommy - Just went to check out the airforce site. This is what I found: "The original Gripen order, placed in 2008 as part of the new defence equipment package, was for nine Gripen D dual-seat and 19 Gripen C single-seat aircraft. However, the order was revised in 2005 to nine dual-seat and seventeen single-seat aircraft. Armscor, the South African arms procurement agency, is responsible for the delivery of the aircraft to South Africa once they have been handed over by the aircraft manufacturer, SAAB, in Sweden. All nine dual-seat Gripen D aircraft have already been delivered, while 13 of the Gripen C have now been delivered." Imagine if Zimbabwe decided to launch an air attack on us and our fighter jets were grounded (roflmfao). Jokes aside, the jet fuel situation is really scary.

      sunayn - 2012-05-05 10:19

      Now u missing de point, u dnt wat u talkin about u must go an do your research abt de role of de defence. Who protecting your airspace, borders land and Sea?

      Awake - 2012-05-05 18:38

      @sunayn - I see you work for the SAAF. Your command of grammar just supports all the negative comments being made. Incidentally, what do we need protection against? Your comment sounds similar to one made a few years ago by a minister who if I recall correctively stated that with the new arms we had acquired, we could give one of the first world countries a go. Also, with all the obese members of the defence, I think they will have a hard time defending our borders.

      Piet - 2012-05-10 22:00

      @bill. Wow, "Our Navy is in dire straits due to a shortage of qualified engineering staff"?! You are talking crap now, there are more than enough of those to go around, but the 'experienced' staff have all facked off to the private sector which pays 4 times more for the same functional qualifications. If we didn't maintain our defence force, you would frantically be studying chinese in order to be able to understand the language of the government of the day... Don't think our "neighbors" are the only ones who potentially want our resources, the whole world is watching through a microscope. Unfortunately they are seeing pink slippers... that is the real bummer.

      walter.hannemann1 - 2012-05-20 09:37

      As a member of the SANDF (SA Army in particular) I would just like to point out that it's easy being on the sidelines, criticizing and giving comment. How many of you SADF members actually served longer than the required 2 years? How many of you turned tail and ran out of the military when it became he SANDF - many of you for the sake of money (very patriotic). How many of you bad mouth us, in front of your children, spurring them on negatively? Keep in mind that there are many, many military personnel who still serve this organization, government - and YOU - with loyalty and pride. Our budget gets cut yearly, so that YOU can have more comfortable lives, better roads, better medical support, better salaries, better services, etc. And with such a small budget we can only do so much, in keeping ourselves prepared for eventualities where we will have to lay down our lives, whilst many of YOU big mouths will cowar and hide away. Yes, there are individuals that put us in a bad light. But you will find that in every military around the world. I serve in the SA Army Armour Corpse, as a Rooikat Troop Sergeant and I can tell you that, under the circumstances, we are damn good. We may not have the high technology of first world countries; but we (still) have the guts, initiative and competency to more than make up for that.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-04 12:01

    Disgraceful. The Air force used to be respected and an honour to be apart of. and then people with this slack mentality come along and stuff it up. get rid of from the force all together.Make a real example out of her (as far as the air force goes)

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-05-04 12:03

    Now I know who to throw on the grenade.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-04 12:12

    They just have no idea do they?

  • Vernon - 2012-05-04 12:13 'slipped up'

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-04 12:25

    Oh heavens, Make a laughing stock of the whole Army. Wake up you have been the laughing stock for quite sometime. Why can't she wear pink slippers when men wear berets that make them look like fools?.

  • Manu - 2012-05-04 12:30

    This is malicious reporting. It just goes to show how messed up society has become. She made a mistake and is paying for it, but now she has to suffer the ridicule of a whole nation. Taking pleasure in the suffering of another person. Disgusting. I am sure that if we are examine other misdemeanours in the armed forces we will find much worse.

      Nicholas - 2012-05-04 13:23

      Manu you clearly were never in a discliplined military. If you were you would know that as any member of a well trained disciplined military unit your uniform and turnout would be of the highest standard. She is an officer for F sakes and should be an example to all thiose who serve under her.In my day in the old SAAF we would have been severely discliplined for such disgracful turnout. But that was the old SAAf which was the best in Africa and one of the best in the world. Now it is a complete shambles and this officer's actions are a clear indication of what has become of our military, the governement who runs it and the country in general.

      Manu - 2012-05-04 14:19

      Nicholas, you are 100% correct I have never had to experience military discipline. But that is not the issue here. This officer made a mistake and she is now going to pay for it. What is the point of taking this into the public gallery other than to subject her and the Airforce to ridicule? But I find it interesting that you fail to mention the more serious breach of conduct here by the officer's colleague who took the photograph. Is it proper military discipline to subject one's unit to ridicule? Is it proper to take photographs of one's colleagues in compromising positions and then post it on the internet to ridicule the colleague and bring shame to the Air Force? Why isn't this person being disciplined?

      heinrich.kirstein - 2012-05-04 15:15

      Manu. For the colleague who posted this pohoto,, give that man a Bells! This so-called officer represents the country I love and live in. She is a disgrace, not only to the Air force, but to South Africa! Your lack of discipline shines as bright as this “officer’s” pink slippers! If you can not resepct yourself, how on earh will you understand the concept of respect for others. Others, meaning her co-workers, her job, her country! Me and you! Nou,, sien jy daaaai boom? lat jy gaan boet!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-04 15:30

      Manu : There is something in your logic that eludes me, but I am sure many of our leaders in government will agree with you.

      Manu - 2012-05-04 16:24

      I have come to realise today that you lot lack anything that can be called integrity or honour. You are quick to condemn the mistakes of others but when your own mistakes are pointed out to you defend it as if it were a righteous act. One of your own was outed today for watching porn at work. You defend him to outrageous lengths, even shielding him from criticism so that he doesn't suffer the consequences of his actions. But here is a woman who made the mistake of wearing slippers with her uniform ... slippers! and you are calling for head. This kind of moral flexibility/selectivity only points to a sociopathic nature. And you have the audacity to lecture others on morality.

      heinrich.kirstein - 2012-05-04 17:42

      Let me put it to you this way. A mistake definition - An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness. This woman has a senior rank. Thus being in a position where she must lead others. At her level of rank her Judgment is in question. The knowledge should have been there as a senior, and her carelessness I see (and her colleague as well) as DILLIGAF! Making a mistake is mostly followed by “OOPS! I did not see my finger is in the way of the slamming door! Putting on pink slippers with a respected uniform of a respected organization while wearing a senior rank! Is not a mistake. It is disrespectful. Furthermore (if you read the article) she arrived for her hearing to early, and then did not bother to pitch up at the time given to her an hour later? Oh wait is this another mistake? She is ill disciplined,does not deserve her rank, or even her uniform, and has no self-respect! Yes, I am embarrassed for SA to say the least. But I did not give her that uniform or rank!

      Irene - 2012-05-04 17:42

      Manu, you do not have a clue. I'm a woman and have never been to the army but even I know that this woman is showing nothing but disrespect by wearing those pink slippers with her uniform. Besides which, her sheer bulk is absolutely appalling and a disgrace to the uniform she wears. But then you wouldn't understand stuff like that.

      trevor.franzoi - 2012-05-05 13:35

      @Manu. She didn't make a mistake, she knowingly went out in the slippers. As a LtCol she has to know the dress code for the SANDF (One would like to hope so) and by wearing non regulation footwear, she is in breach of the uniform code. It is a disgrace because for any uniform branch of any service (SANDF,SAPS,Fire and EMS etc) the uniform you wear represents every other member of that service. People don't recognise individuals, they recognise the uniform.

      Piet - 2012-05-10 22:05

      Perhaps you are right Manu... perhaps she is fighting the struggle from behind her woolworths trolley. perhaps she is wearing the slippers for all us little people out here who can't afford to wear them... then perhaps you are talking through your rectus. I suspect it is the latter...

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-05-04 12:40


      Tommy - 2012-05-04 12:49

      All operational Mirages have been sold to private companies, African- and other countries (think some Cheetahs too).

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-05-04 12:40

    That's why these people drag down the once proud air force! They're just too stupid to understand!

      Bill - 2012-05-04 13:15

      @sello - with comments like yours I always wonder why only whites are accused of being racist?

      Aya - 2012-05-04 13:56

      @ billl.I read throught the comments and some ppl keep on saying "they" and its pretty clear who they refer to, so please dont come here with ur reverse Psychology."the only stupid person on earth is a black person" but if it was a case of producing qualifications mmmhhh.. u'll be shocked.

      Bill - 2012-05-04 14:51

      Racism is the single worst trait of the human animal - be it white on black, black on white, Aryan on Jew, Jew on Arab, Christian vs Muslim, Hindu vs Muslim, English vs French, or in any other form you wish to mention. More human suffering has happened on this planet because one person thinks he/she is better than another because of birthright! Nothing justifies racism. Nothing!

      Piet - 2012-05-10 21:42

      @bill. uhm... ok ballas... whatever you say...

  • colin.spear - 2012-05-04 12:41

    errr...surely spreading information like that in the public domain also violates some of the rules in the Military Disciplinary Code?

  • Harold - 2012-05-04 12:45

    Another Cadre appointment going wrong. A Disgrace to the air force officer corps. She needs to be drummed out without pay and stripped of her rank on a parade ground. Definitely not officer material. Those slippers are normally worn by sex workers during assignments.

      sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-05-04 12:50

      Ag shame Harold. Looking for any excuse to vent your political anger towards BEE and Cadre Deployment policies. Eish, I feel for you!

      Harold - 2012-05-04 13:03

      No Sello the anger is not for BEE it is for the ANC thugs who are using BEE to get into positions they can not manage. This poor cadre cant even dress properly or maybe does not understand the importance of observing military dress codes. A definite indication of poor leadership qualities and pride in ones self. She should never have been appointed a colonel. No doubt Sello you are sitting somewhere enjoying your appointment as a BEE beneficiary and feeling self conscious about your shortcomings.

      Thembi - 2012-05-05 08:29

      Harold how often do you visit the sex workers seeming you know a lot about them?

  • Rhyno - 2012-05-04 12:47

    Gives new meaning to "slipping" away for lunch...

  • kimard - 2012-05-04 12:51

    we are not allowed to get that fat in our defence forces - shees what's happening in south africa?

      Awake - 2012-05-05 13:47

      I remember in the nineties, someone who did not do justice to their uniform in the Defence Force was instructed to wear civilian clothes until 'they lost weight'. Somewhere along the line, this regulation/policy was dropped, I think on the basis of discrimination (can't discriminate against an obese person). This is the result that we are left with. She is by far not the only obese person in the Defence Force. I does however make one wonder if there are compulsory fitness tests that they have to undergo, and if so, how do they pass them?

  • Gee - 2012-05-04 12:55

    If malema can wear a skew beret that more resembles a 7 single, surely there's nothing wrong in wearing pink slippers with your uniform? Its not like they plan to defend our country or fight crime any time soon hey...

      catgirl1971 - 2012-05-04 13:47

      Malema is NOT a member of the SANDF!!!!

      Aya - 2012-05-04 14:03

      i just knew some idiot will say somthing about malema. what does this has to do with him. and for your information, every member of the anc cabin has that beret which resembles mkhondo.

      Tommy - 2012-05-04 14:24

      What's mkhondo Aya?

      Gee - 2012-05-04 14:27

      @catgirl...malema can easily become part of the sandf...I mean look at him...he's already got the skew beret...he's already worthless...he's already fat...and I'm sure he already has a set of pink slippers tucked away somewhere...

      Gee - 2012-05-04 15:14

      @aya...mkhondo??? Is that \skew stuped looking betet\ in your language????the kind of language you speak in the cabin????

      bashin.monyela - 2012-05-04 19:21

      Gee=mc2, is that you?

  • Derrick Olivier - 2012-05-04 13:06

    She's a true Bulls supporter!!!

      Bobo - 2012-05-06 09:05

      Eish no no no Derrick..The Bulls are pink now !Can`t say things like that no no no please...Do you think she really is ? Lol

  • Tanya - 2012-05-04 13:10

    This is a disgrace!! People must now realize, the military is now in constant view of the public. It's bad enough the public gives the military a bad name, and now they are giving the public reasons to critisize the military even more.

      Piet - 2012-05-10 22:12

      I saw an officer urinating on the side of a bus stop in uniform a year or two ago... that shocked me. He even did that whole jiggedy shake thing afterwards... what a winner.

  • Vernon - 2012-05-04 13:32

    She will most likely get nailed to hell for it ,but if she stole a couple of million rand ,nothing would happen.

  • Gee - 2012-05-04 13:36

    Pretoria - The air force is taking disciplinary steps\...hopefully not in slippers...

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-04 13:40

    the return of the pink 1

  • Theunis - 2012-05-04 13:46

    I wonder how she get her fat ass in a plane

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-05 10:39

      Not all airforce duties are carried out in an aircraft

  • Michael - 2012-05-04 13:52

    Doesn't need the slippers to look ridiculous...

      Piet - 2012-05-10 21:30

      but is sure brings out the colour of her trolley...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-04 13:59

    Colonel?...???...?????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve - 2012-05-04 13:59

    Maybe she is trying to compete with Malema and his new fashion accessories. Good for a laugh though. Which leads me to ask: How many of you out there have wondered through a government department and noticed how many are eating apples or bananas? Interesting.

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-04 14:09

    these days you can't defend your race because of individuals who just think and do without processing.

  • Andy Du Toit Snr - 2012-05-04 14:56

    Pikkie Greeff said it was unacceptable that a soldier made a laughing stock of the whole army with such undisciplined behaviour. Pikkie old chap, she is only a tiny example of what makes our defense force a laughing stock.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-04 15:07

    She twisted her ankle in the parking lot and had his slippers in the boot. She had to take soemthing soft because the army shoes are hard. Stick to that story and win the case.

      Irene - 2012-05-04 17:45

      Go back to nursery school.

      Piet - 2012-05-10 21:29

      more likely her shoes broke from wear and tear...

  • Omrisho - 2012-05-04 15:52

    may the force be with you...

  • Jack - 2012-05-04 16:30

    Shame maybe the shoes are small

  • Sonja - 2012-05-04 16:42

    Who promoted this "thing". sies!!

  • Tony - 2012-05-04 18:35

    I just hope one of our neighbouring countries is not planning to invade us. We don't stand a chance if they do.