SAPS SUCCESS: Police Woman Acquires Five (5) Life Sentences in her Short Career

Media Statement from Limpopo Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison

South African Police Service

POLOKWANE – It’s a calling to serve and protect the society that persuaded a woman to be part of the South African Police Service.

A 37-year-old woman, Constable Mokhepho Vivian Gafane aspired to become a Police Officer while she was still in high school. This after she observed a number of crime incidents in her home village of Nobody area at Ga-Kgoshi Mothapo near Mankweng outside Polokwane. These crime incidents propelled her to join the South African Police Service in 2010.

Upon completion of her one year basic training at Graaf Reinet, she was then deployed to Mankweng Police Station in the Limpopo Province and has served as a Student Trainee for a year up to January 2012.

Upon finishing her full time basic training, she was stationed at Marble Hall Police Station outside Groblersdal as a Detective from March 2012 up to September 2012 when she was deployed to the Groblersdal Cluster Task Team.

During her term in this Cluster Task Team, she immediately made her mark when she managed to crack a serial rapist case within a week. This achievement was immediately spotted by the SAPS Provincial Management, who then decided to deploy her at the Provincial Investigation Unit in Polokwane.

Detective Constable Gafane never looked back and has already made her footprint at the provincial level. Since her deployment in 2012, she successfully solved 20 serious and violent crime cases where she acquired five (05) life terms sentences.

In one of her milestone achievements, Detective Constable Gafane, through her sterling and thourough investigative skills, successfully secured a consolidated 259 years imprisonment and 4 life terms sentences handed down to  Zimbabwean National David Mamvura, aged 27.

This after the accused was found guilty and sentenced on 31 charges, ranging from rape, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), house breaking with intent to rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances that took place in Polokwane policing area between the years 2012 and 2014.

Constable Gafane, in her remark, said, “Working in a male dominated environment, was at first difficult, especially when dealing with dangerous criminals, but I had to adjust quickly because of my passion to fight crime. I have this firm believe that as a human being, I am capable of doing anything that our male counterparts are doing.” Said Constable Gafane.

Constable Gafane further stated her ambition of one day becoming a successful Section or Unit Commander of Detectives where she will be able to share police Detective skills with her Colleagues for the sake of an efficient and effective service delivery to our communities.

While we observe Women’s moth, Constable Gafane encourages all women to reclaim their rightful places in society and never shy away from taking responsible risks.

She concluded by urging all women within the SAPS to play a leading role in eradicating incidents of domestic violence and other related problems.


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