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ALLEGED crime mastermind William "Mashobane" Mbatha fired his advocate, Nadine Havenga, after disagreements moments before yesterday's scheduled bail application in the Germiston regional court.
And this will see him spend a fourth week in jail.
"Your worship my mandate has been terminated ... My client and I are not seeing eye-to-eye as to the course of action ... I told him we should wait until Tuesday but he is not prepared to wait until then," Havenga told magistrate Isabel Mlaba.
This after the case was stood down twice to allow more time for consultation.
Havenga had wanted to delay the bail hearing after new information, understood to be crucial to the application, surfaced this week on Tuesday.
But a clearly irritated and impatient Mbatha gave her the boot.
Instructing attorney, Bronwynne Forbay said though his mandate was not terminated he was not ready to proceed and asked that the case be postponed until Tuesday.
Meanwhile, support for Mbatha, known as "The King of Bling", appears to be shrinking.
During last week's appearance his sympathisers showed up in two luxury buses and 10 minibus taxis. But yesterday a virtually empty bus stood idle outside court with less than 10 family members and friends in attendance.
The Atteridgeville, Pretoria, socialite first featured in the headlines when he was arrested in Johannesburg two months ago for an alleged attempted robbery in Bedfordview on July 14, in which he is said to have produced a fake police ID card before trying to rob a businessman of R30000.
The Germiston magistrate's court later released him on R15000 bail.
At the time he was on R50000 bail granted by the Pretoria magistrate's court where he is facing nine unrelated charges ranging from car theft and housebreaking to possession of an illegal firearm to tax offences.
Mbatha's latest arrest came after one of his alleged victims saw his pictures in the newspapers and alerted the police.
The complainant told the police that he was robbed by Mbatha and three accomplices who were driving a BMW fitted with police lights on the night of April 4.