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Drama at King of Bling trial

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa | 2011-07-26 06:45:38.0 | COMMENTS [ 27 ]

Two men believed to be friends of flamboyant tycoon William Mbatha arrested outside court for R850,000 house robbery

DRAMA unfolded outside the Johannesburg high court yesterday when police pounced on two men after they were pointed out by a robbery victim.

The men had moments earlier stepped out of court for the appearance of suspected crime mastermind and "king of bling" William "Mashobane" Mbatha.

Everything seemed in order when the men made their way out of the main court entrance and then turned right in the direction of Eloff Street.

Minutes later the men returned, stood in front of the court entrance and proceeded to cross the street towards an FNB bank branch.

And then all hell broke loose.

Four members of the SAPS tactical response team that had escorted Mbatha to court ran across Pritchard Street armed with assault rifles and ordered the two men to lie flat on the sidewalk.

The men seemed startled at the sudden police action but eventually obeyed.

They were searched and police found watches and cellphones in a black shoulder bag. The pair were handcuffed, shackled and taken away in separate police vehicles.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Jeanette Makhubela told Sowetan that one of the suspects was positively identified by a man who was robbed of R850000 in cash, allegedly by Mbatha, in March 2009.

Mbatha and an accomplice allegedly presented themselves as police officers before assaulting Chandar Manjani and Vijay Ghanshamdas and then robbing them of the money, a watch, a cellphone and house and car keys.

Makhubela said investigations were under way to determine if the other suspect was connected to Mbatha.

Mbatha was in court yesterday for a series of armed robberies in which he is alleged to have passed himself off as a cop before robbing his victims.

In December 2008 he allegedly assaulted Yubiao Cai, Andy Qinhen, Merriam Mokgadi and Yun Cai and robbed them of a ladies' watch, silver necklace, wallet, two Silver Star Casino chips valued at R100000 each, another chip worth R1000 as well as an amount of R26350.

In April 2009 Mbatha is again alleged to have stopped Ismail Yacoob Omar at an off-ramp in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, after posing as a police officer. He took two laptops, two cellphones, about R250000, two firearms, four watches, two handbags, firearm licences and jewellery.

Later that month Mbatha, again using the same modus operandi, accosted Peter Mojapelo, assaulted him and hijacked his Mercedes-Benz, ID, driver's licence, clothing, R40000 and two cellphones. The value of the stolen items is said to be R700 000.

Mbatha is facing 24 counts including robbery, kidnapping, possession of firearm and ammunition, pretending to be a police officer and unlawful wearing of a police uniform.

The matter was postponed.


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I smell a rotting rat. Why so large amounts of cash and high end casino chips? Let's see how this one pans out in Gangsters Paradise!

2011-07-26 07:04:25.0 | 0 replies


2011-07-26 09:57:05.0 | 0 replies

@Makabaza: Did you benefit from this thug? It sounds like you did. Robin Hood my stinking sh*t.

2011-07-26 10:12:21.0 | 0 replies

Lol Mehlo.

2011-07-26 10:13:13.0 | 0 replies

Arrest the scums, they think they are clever than us...

Mashobane was targeting only rich people with hard cash, it seems to me like he was working with someone who works in the bank or at the casino, all the victims had hard cash on them...

2011-07-26 10:44:33.0 | 0 replies

Olebogeng Molatlhwa I'll highly appreciate it if you put your next report about yesterdays flop arrest of the two suspects on the front page, so that the people should know about the blunders of the so called complainants & I'm quiet sure that the police have already informed you about wrong identification,please put it on the front page as well it will sell your newspaper

2011-07-26 11:26:37.0 | 0 replies

He must tell us where he got the police uniform from ? police as well are involved in a lot of corruption, the manner in which he was robbing people of huge amounts clearly shows there was a policeman involved as well. anyway this mbatha guy must rot in jail, he's of danger to the society.

2011-07-26 12:10:26.0 | 0 replies

'In April 2009 Mbatha is again alleged to have stopped Ismail Yacoob Omar at an off-ramp in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, after posing as a police officer. He took two laptops, two cellphones, about R250000, two firearms, four watches, two handbags, firearm licences and jewellery.'

sOMEone pleassssse tell me wtf Ismail was doing with all this stuff,where was he going with it and does he even have the authority to be in pocession of it??? investigate his ass please

2011-07-26 12:56:54.0 | 0 replies

Mashobana was targeting the rich probably they were doing illegal deals as well! How come a person get high jacked and robbed of such high amounts of cash?

2011-07-26 16:21:18.0 | 0 replies

He is such a chamer ka mokhaba wa billion....lol....lol....

2011-07-29 09:33:33.0 | 0 replies


People, let us not blame and ask why the victims were carrying R250 000 in cash. for them, 250000 could be like a change. but for me and you who does not have even R1000 in our bank accounts, it is too much. did you know that somebody who does not have a single cent may be suprised when you are carrying only R50 rand in your pocket?

i think in we need to be free and walk in the streets free of criminlas, we need to talk wiht our cellphones without fear of criminals. therefore we need to deal with the problem, which is criminals not victims.

2011-07-29 13:21:22.0 | 0 replies