Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THE prosecution in the bail hearing of William "Mashobane" Mbatha has labelled him a repeat offender who will not repent.
"He is a repeat offender who can't desist from criminal activities," prosecutor Willemien Vos told the Germiston regional court yesterday. "After spending years in jail, he graduated to committing serious offences."
Vos was arguing against the court granting bail to the alleged crime mastermind, who is also known as the "King of Bling".
The Atteridgeville, Pretoria, socialite has been in jail for almost four months after being arrested in connection with a string of house robberies and impersonating a police officer.
Before his latest arrest he was out on bail granted by the Germiston magistrate's court and the Pretoria high court respectively.
In his attempt to get a third bail, the 36-year-old Mbatha maintained in an affidavit that there was a conspiracy by the media, police and some members of the public to keep him in jail.
His legal counsel advocate Jack Gerber further accused the state of "a subtle attempt" to mislead the court.
Gerber said the legal representative for the state had told the court that Mbatha had two passports but "deliberately neglected" to say that one had been lost.
"If they can lie about this, what else are they lying about?" Gerber asked.
But Vos insisted that there were prima facie grounds to suggest that Mbatha's alleged crime spree would persist if he was to be granted bail.
"He has in the past threatened the life of a prosecutor, bribed a police officer, pretended to be a police officer and stole a police vehicle," said Vos, who argued that the "King of Bling" did not deserve another bail.
Judgment has been reserved for tomorrow.