Blissful policewoman flies high women’s flag

MARBLE HALL/GROBLERSDAL – Former Marble Hall Saps Detective and Groblersdal Cluster Task Team member, Constable Mokhepho Vivian Gafane (37), continues to fly women’s flag high in the service.

The 37 year-old Gafane made her mark when she managed to crack a serial rapist cases within a week during her reign in the cluster task team in 2012, an achievement that saw Saps provincial management team deploy her to the Provincial Investigation Unit in Polokwane for the entire province to benefit from her investigative skills.

Since her deployment to the unit, Gafane never looked back as she continue her footprint there and successfully solved 20 serious and violent crime cases from which she acquired five life terms.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said Detective Constable Gafane, through her sterling investigative skills, successfully secured a consolidated 559 years imprisonment and four life terms meted against a 27 year-old Zimbabwean national, David Mamvura.

Ngoepe said 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 to robbery with aggravating circumstance which occurred in Polokwane between 2012 and 2014.

“Working in a male dominated environment was first difficult, especially when dealing with dangerous criminals but I had to adjust quickly because I hate criminality. I have this firm believe that as a human being, I can be capable of doing anything our male counterparts are doing,” remarked Gafane.

Gafane further stated her ambition was to one day become a successful detective’s Section Unit Commander where she would be able to share police detective skills with her colleagues for the sake of an efficient and effective service delivery to communities.

The dedicated policewoman encouraged all women to reclaim their rightful place in society and never shy away from taking responsible risks.

Gafane who is originally from Nobody area, Ga-Kgoshi Mothapo, first joined Saps in Mankweng outside Polokwane in 2010.

She, upon completion of her one year basic training at Graafreinet in the Eastern Cape, was deployed to Mankweng police station where she served as a student trainee for a year until January 2012.

Thapelo Motseo

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