A Mpumalanga teacher and ward councillor who allegedly stole 21 bags of farm manure was released on a R1000 bail in the Komatipoort magistrates' court last week.
Councillor Ephraim Ngomane, 39, of the Nkomazi local municipality is also a farmer. Ngomane and his two co-accused, King Nkuna, 33, and Jerome Nkosi, 24, were not asked to plead to a charge of theft and the case was postponed for further investigation.
The three were arrested on Thursday night after they were spotted by a security guard loading bags of manure on to the councillor's bakkie. Police spokesman Michael Ngomane said the three were arrested after the security guard followed the bakkie and called the police.
"They were found with 21 bags of 50kg fertilizer that they had stolen from a storehouse in Hectorspruit," said Ngomane.
One of the suspects, Jerome Nkosi, is a security guard at the storehouse.
The mayor of Nkomazi municipality, John Mavuso, said he was not aware of the matter.
"I'm not aware, I have not been informed about the arrest and cannot comment further," said Mavuso.
Ngomane is one of the Mpumalanga teachers who recently made news for their alleged involvement in crimes.
In January a teacher who allegedly held up an Indian shop and stole R200 was arrested by community members and handed over to the police.
Ngcongcoshe George Shungube, 40, a teacher from Sidloko Primary School in Mbuzini, and his accomplice Sthembiso Mahlalela were charged with armed robbery.
Last year Elone Sibuyi, a teacher at Soshangane High School, was gunned down after robbing a petrol station in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge.