The future of ANC Newcastle Municipality Mayor, Ntuthuko Mahlaba, is in the balance after he was charged with theft, assault and malicious damage to property.
According to KwaZulu-Natal police, Mahlaba appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Mahlaba, who is also the ANC eMalahleni regional chairperson, in 2019 arrested for the 2016 murder of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader, Wandile Ngubeni.
However, the charges were withdrawn following the death of a key witness.
In terms of the ANC step-aside guidelines, Mahlaba will have to vacate his mayoral position pending the finalisation of his current criminal case.
KZN provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said the charges against Mahlaba include malicious damage to property. The case has been adjourned to August 26.