An ANC councillor in the Makhado municipality in Limpopo could find himself in hot water after claims that he was linked to a burglary incident.
The politician allegedly broke into a shop in Louis Trichardt in February 2001 and stole items.
The case was reinstated this year after the complainant claimed the matter was not properly handled.
The councillor, whose name is known to Sowetan, was arrested after fingerprints linked him to the crime scene.
Captain Ndwamato Vele confirmed that the councillor will appear in court on August 12.
According to a source, the councillor allegedly broke into a hair salon and shop and stole several items.
He said a case was opened shortly after the burglary and police investigations pointed to the councillor.
"He was arrested but later released for lack of evidence," Vele said.
"After we received the results from the fingerprints experts, we forwarded the matter to the director for public prosecutions for a decision.
"He recommended that the charges be reinstated."
Vele said the decision was made on July 24 and the matter would be heard in court on August 12.
Louis Bobodi, the spokesman for the Makhado municipality, refused to comment.