Mashobane a high-risk

SUSPECTED crime mastermind William "Mashobane" Mbatha will have to spend the next seven days behind bars.

SUSPECTED crime mastermind William "Mashobane" Mbatha will have to spend the next seven days behind bars.

Mbatha will be held in a high-risk detention cell in Johannesburg. He was arrested on Wednesday, allegedly for yet another robbery.

The "King of Bling", as Mbatha is known, will miss his champagne, expensive cigars and flashy cars after the Germiston regional court yesterday remanded him in custody until Wednesday.

The postponement is apparently to allow the police to conduct further investigations.

This after he was arrested by Germiston police on Wednesday in connection with an alleged April 4 house robbery case.

This Atteridgeville, Pretoria, socialite first featured in the headlines when he was arrested in Johannesburg last month.

He was arrested 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 released him on R15000 bail last week, causing a public outcry.

The outrage was fueled by the fact that he was already out on R50000 bail for other cases when magistrate Hasani Mashimbye set him free.

He was facing nine unrelated charges in the Pretoria magistrate's court, ranging from car theft and housebreaking to possession of an illegal firearm to tax offences.

Mbatha's arrest this week comes after one of his alleged victims saw his pictures in the newspapers and alerted the police.

The complainant told the police that he was pulled off the road by Mbatha and three other accomplices who were driving a BMW fitted with police lights on the night of April 4.

"Two of them got into the victim's car and drove to his house in Brackenhurst (Alberton). They allegedly stole two guns, a rifle, expensive jewellery and lap-tops," said Crime Intelligence spokesperson Tummi Golding.