Self-proclaimed chief Mashile Phasha appeared briefly in the Lebowakgomo magistrates' court in Limpopo yesterday on a charge of stealing 12 sheep.
Phasha, 53, of GaNkwana village, was arrested on Sunday after the sheep were allegedly found in his royal kraal in Sekhukhune.
Phasha was released on R500 bail and the case was postponed to July 10.
Limpopo police spokesman Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the sheep were found to have been stolen in Lenting village, Ga-Mphahlele.
He said Phasha was previously held for questioning but was only charged after the owners had positively identified the animals and implicated him.
"We are presently investigating several allegations relating to the theft of livestock in the province. For now, Phasha is being charged with the theft of the 12 sheep that we found in his possession," said Ramatseba.
Phasha, a self-proclaimed chief, last week handed himself over to the Randburg, Johannesburg, police to make statements about an armed robbery in which a car was stolen.
He was arrested two weeks ago after he was found in possession of a stolen Mercedes-Benz. The car was discovered to have been stolen in Randburg in March.
He is out on R1000 bail on the car- theft charge.