Single mom becomes 1st Black commander of Port Elizabeth SA Air Force

Single mom becomes 1st Black commander of Port Elizabeth SA Air Force

- Phetogo Molawa has assumed command of SAAF's Port Elizabeth Station

- She's the first woman and Black person to assume this position

- In 2007, she became SAAF's first Black woman helicopter pilot

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A single mom has assumed command of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Station in Port Elizabeth, becoming the first woman and Black person to do so.

A Twitter user, Lucy Lastic, shared a photo of her son handing over command to 32-year-old Phetogo Molawa, Briefly.co.za learned.

Lucy praised Phetogo as a great helicopter pilot and expressed surprise that her achievement has not gained the media's spotlight.

This is not Phetogo's first history-making achievement. In 2007, she became SAAF's first Black woman helicopter pilot at the age of 21, according to News24.

In a subsequent tweet, Lucy said her son described Phetogo as "one of the best, even among males, he's ever trained."

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Lucy's tweet went viral, garnering over 2,300 retweets and 4,300 likes. Many South Africans praised Phetogo for her achievement and commended Lucy's son as well.

Others urged media houses to showcase Phetogo's story. See some of their reactions below.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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