Pink slippers land colonel in hot water. Must be dress-down Friday

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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.

The pink slippers row was raised in the South African parliament when the shadow defence minister waved a pair.

It is not an image of top guns defending African skies that is likely to deter would-be foreign invaders.
An officer in the South African air force went out shopping in her military uniform and some footwear that provoked not awe but laughter – a pair of lurid pink slippers.
Lieutenant Colonel Ruth Ndayi has been officially reprimanded for the fashion crime, it emerged this week, a response dismissed as too lenient by politicians who said she should be fired.
The incident happened in April when Ndayi visited the Brooklyn shopping mall in Pretoria. The picture, taken by a colleague, shows her in the air force's blue-and-white garrison cap and uniform while pushing a plastic trolley among the aisles. On her feet, pink slippers are clearly visible. Onlookers appear startled by the spectacle.
The photo was sent to the air force for comment and rapidly spread on the internet, causing widespread consternation in military circles.
Already in a hole, Ndayi reportedly kept digging when she arrived early for an appearance before the air force's Chief Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, then left and failed to return.
The episode was raised in parliament when David Maynier, the shadow minister of defence, waved a pair of pink slippers to taunt the then defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu – who happened to be dressed in pink.
Sisulu's successor, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, told Maynier in a written answer this week that Ndayi had now been reprimanded.
But the shadow minister does not believe this goes far enough. "There should be no place for a military officer who goes shopping on the high street in pink slippers," he said on Friday. "I don't think the punishment fits the crime. She should be fired."
Maynier, an MP for the opposition Democratic Alliance, continued: "It is embarrassing. There are many loyal soldiers in our defence force trying to do a good job in difficult circumstances, but this case symbolises the decline in discipline. All the evidence points to a defence force in deep trouble."
Siphiwe Dlamini, spokesman for the defence department, said: "It's a reprimand to not do it again. The rules say you can't wear uniform with other pieces of clothing."
The slipper saga is not the air force's only disciplinary mishap recently. Mapisa-Nqakula said a pilot had been "grounded and subsequently suspended from flying" after he "borrowed" a military aircraft to visit a friend in Botswana.
Lieutenant NSK Bulwana a flew a Cessna 172 across the border, without submitting a flight plan or permission to enter Botswana's airspace, to visit a friend who worked at the airport in Gaborone..
 
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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.

Judging by the size of that, the pink slippers would be the last thing to make the army a laughing stock.
 
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This is the second time a SADF Col has been confused over their dress. Remember the CO who borrowed some medals. I take it this once proud and professional military now runs on more traditional tribal lines?
 
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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.
BAFF (admittedly Not A Union) has never yet criticised senior officers for wearing pink slippers.
 
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BAFF (admittedly Not A Union) has never yet criticised senior officers for wearing pink slippers.
Well, you need to get with the programme.

Actually, I used to work for a lovely Argyll chappie who wore a pair of embroidered Regimental slippers. To be honest, I think only when he was in mufti.
 
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She's managed to make that uniform look like a sort of garage overalls /maternity wear, the out of shape disgusting mess.
****! the slippers are actually the best part of her ensemble.
 
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No surprises there. I realised the final nail had been hammered into the coffin when I saw a brigadier slouching on a street corner picking his nose. If he'd had smaller hands he'd have been able to change his mind manually...
 
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Well, you need to get with the programme.

Actually, I used to work for a lovely Argyll chappie who wore a pair of embroidered Regimental slippers. To be honest, I think only when he was in mufti.
Possibly similar to these, marketed by 'Shipton and Heneage':
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...which retail at £375, making them suitable for the dimmer younger son. I don't think Lt Col Ndayi bought hers from S & H.
 
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I'd imagine that her underlying reaction to any criticism would be along the lines of 'Ha ke na taba, tsweu.'

If that is awfully mangled, I do apologise; it has been many years since I have had to think of any Sotho.
 

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