Pretoria - The military sportsground is filled with women in all kinds of uniform as the South African National Defence Force hosts its annual women in uniform parade celebration. The celebration held at Thaba Tshwane in Pretoria is filled with women from different departments; Army, Air Force, Navy and the SA Medical Health Services (SAMS).
The female officers showed off their parading skills to their counterparts as this year marks the sixth annual parade celebration. "This celebration is vital, we need to honour these women as the country enjoys peace and stability, largely due to the contribution by the defence force women together with their male counterparts," said Lulu Siwisa, Director Nursing for the Defence Force.
She said the parade was to also pay tribute to more than 20 000 women who protested against pass laws as they have also paved a way for women in the defence force. "It is because of those women who marched to the Union Buildings that the defence force is no longer a male dominated department. It was seen in 1994 where seven defence force departments united and among those were women," she added.