FREE STATE – Mavis Mmalefa Buthelezi Mokoena (42) was convicted as charged for theft by the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

It is alleged that Mokoena misappropriated approximately R117 000 from the Ficksburg South African Police Service (SAPS) between the period 2014 to 2016.

Mokoena was attached to the finance section responsible for receiving third party funds at the time of the offense. She voluntarily resigned from the service before disciplinary measures were initiated. This was after an internal audit process where it was discovered that an amount of R51 000 could not be accounted for.

A case was opened and subsequently handed over to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team for further handling which resulted in her arrest.

The court has sentenced Mokoena to 3 years imprisonment which is suspended for 4 years on condition that she pays back the amount of R51000 to SAPS on monthly instalments of R5000 within 10 months, with the last payment of R1000 to be paid at the end of January 2022.