Former Mpumalanga deputy speaker Cynthia Maropeng was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for fraud in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Friday.

SABC radio news said two of her co-accused - Wilson Ngwenya and Nicholas Siboza - were also sentenced to seven years imprisonment each and former legislature secretary Alfred Mahlangu received five years imprisonment.

The four were found guilty of stealing over a R1-million between 1995 and 1997. The money was taken from a national government fund intended for African National Congress provincial constituency projects.

The four are to appeal against the sentence.

The ANC in Mpumalanga welcomed the sentencing.

Provincial ANC secretary Siphosezwe Masango said his party respected the court's decision. - Sapa