Teacher gets 6 years for cattle theft
Mbombela - A teacher was sentenced to six years in jail by the Temba Magistrate's Court for stealing cattle, Mpumalanga police said on Wednesday.
Patrick Mhlanga, 44, was sentenced on Tuesday for stealing 22 cattle from different homes in Marapyane Village in February 2005, said Sergeant Hastings Chaane.
He said the residents found Mhlanga leading a herd of cattle during the night and called the police, who arrested him. He was a teacher at Tshikanosi secondary school at that time.
"After Mhlanga was granted bail, the pupils of the school where he worked became angry and chased him out of that school. He found a similar teaching job at Rephafogile secondary school in Matlerekeng Village the same year.
"His presence at that school also did not go down well with the pupils and the residents of that village. They also wanted him out of the village and allegedly burnt his house down in 2009," Chaane said.