Mzwakhe Mbuli, the People's Poet, will face common assault charges in the Johannesburg magistrates' court today.
Mbuli was arrested last month after allegedly assaulting his wife, Doris Mbuli, at their home in Naturena.
When he appeared in court a day after his arrest the prosecutor, Dally Mashaba, said: "He demanded car keys from his wife and then became physically aggressive."
The court heard that there was a possibility Mbuli had violated a protection order his wife had obtained against him.
He was released on R2000 bail.
In 1999 Mbuli was sentenced to 13 years in prison for armed robbery. The sentence was reduced to 10 years after an appeal. He was released on parole in 2003 after five years in jail.
An attorney, Owen Khumalo, yesterday told Sowetan that Mbuli might go back to jail if he has violated the conditions of his parole.
"I don't know what his parole conditions were when he was released, but if he has violated any of them he could be sent back to prison," said Khumalo.
When Mbuli was granted bail last month one of the conditions was that he was not to go near his Naturena house. But the same week he was seen by reporters at the house. When he saw the reporters he sped off.
"He can only be arrested for violating his bail conditions if his wife lodges a complaint," said Khumalo.
lJabu Khanyile's second wife, Khululiwe Sithole, will file a replying affidavit in the Johannesburg high court today.
Sithole was interdicted from spending money from Khanyile's estatelast month.