Thabiso Morele, 33, was arrested on Sunday after allegedly stealing the car from the parking lot of the Wartburg Spar the previous day, Major Thulani Zwane said.
The matter was postponed to March 23 for a formal bail application. Morele would remain in police custody. Thulani Dlamini had parked his Toyota Cressida in the parking lot on Saturday afternoon. He left the car unlocked with the key in the ignition and went to speak to a colleague of his. When he returned five minutes later the car was gone.
The former officer was arrested and charged with car theft.