SUSPECTED Atteridgeville crime kingpin William "Mashobane" Mbatha will today make his last bid for freedom when he applies for bail in the Germiston magistrate's court.
Known as "The King of Bling", Mbatha was arrested last week in Fourways, Johannesburg, when he went to collect his newly serviced Lamborghini. He was bust after an attempted robbery in Bedfordview on July 14.
Investigating officers told magistrate Hasani Mashimbye at yesterday's bail hearing that Mbatha approached a man who was carrying R30000 in two cash boxes under the pretext of being a cop.
"He produced a false police card and demanded the cash.
"The complainant became suspicious and put up a fight. Security officers approached and wrestled him. He showed them a police identity card to gain their trust before fleeing in a police car," said a Detective Inspector Pillay of the Germiston police.
The 36-year-old socialite told the court that he spent time in jail after being convicted of unrelated charges of theft, corruption and housebreaking.
Dressed in designer clothes, Mbatha said he was facing nine charges in the Pretoria magistrates' court, ranging from theft of motor vehicles and house-breaking, to possession of an illegal firearm and tax offences.
The court also heard that at the time of his arrest Mbatha and his brother were out on R50000 bail.
Yesterday's bail application was adjourned until today when magistrate Mashimbye is expected to make a ruling.
The scar-faced businessman is known for his expensive lifestyle. He owns two BMWs, two Harley-Davidson motorbikes, a Big Dog Ridgeback motorcycle, a VW Golf and a VW Micro Bus. He is said to also own two luxury houses in Centurion and Hartbeespoort Dam.
Before his arrest, pictures of him with US music icon R Kelly and Akon - sometimes posing with his expensive cars - hit the Facebook website.
His court hearing was attended by four men and his wife, who arrived in the latest VW Golf GTI.