SA military’s first female officer to command a battalion


The SA military’s first female officer to command a battalion, has returned from United Nations operations in the DRC.

She’s been welcomed back after a year, together with hundreds of her soldiers in the 7th South African Infantry Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel Tiisetso Sekgobela is the SANDF’s first-ever woman to command a fighting battalion in peace enforcement operations in the DRC.

It’s a badge of honour she wears with pride.

“I believe that if you are passionate and loving what you doing on a daily basis, it’s possible. For me, it is for my daughter to see nothing is impossible. As an African woman, as an African child, you can dream and reach whatever you want. Definitely, more women are needed in these types of situations.”

Sekgobela added, “It’s really difficult to understand the extreme conditions our troops face in the jungles of the DRC. Conditions in South Africa are a far cry from their theatre of operation.”


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