Queen of Bling ‘suffers’ without hubby

2009-09-19 14:02

YVONNE Mbatha seems very angry these days. She has had to spend the past 50 days, and counting, alone as her playboy-cum-gangster husband William Mbatha languishes in chooky.

Some say the beautiful and well-dressed wife of the King of Bling hangs out in the luxury shops of Melrose Arch, where she splurges thousands on Gucci and Louis Vuitton accessories and ­designer hairstyles.

She also takes her two children to school in the mornings and attends to customers in her pub in Atteridgeville whenever she feels like it.

Her anger, it seems, is worsened by the fact that the family Lamborghini has been impounded.

She now has to use the old Mini, the Range Rover or either of the two BMWs in the garage to drive herself to her husband’s court appearances.

Repeated dates before a judge have not done Mbatha much good either. Bail remains elusive.

Yvonne blames the newspapers for her sorrows.

“You, Sonia, especially you,” she told this journalist, refusing to grant City Press an interview.

A friendly visit to her bar, Ram Square in Atteridgeville, was a dangerous affair. A City Press journalist and photographer were dragged out of the pub by a bouncer, who warned them never to set foot in the place again.

Efforts to speak to the couple’s neighbours were equally frustrating. They told us that they saw nothing, heard nothing and would say nothing. And her business associates hung up the phone when we asked about her.

The few people willing to speak about her described her as “an ­introvert”.

“Yvonne is a quiet person who ­enjoys her own company, ” said one.

Former schoolmates at Target High School in Pretoria described her as a stunner who wore expensive hairstyles and designer glasses to school.

She never had to use public transport because she was always chauffeured to school by Mbatha or his friends.

A friend told City Press that after completing matric in 1995 Yvonne worked as a saleswoman at a clothing store in Pretoria. A few years later, after she had married Mbatha, she ­became managing ­director of the pub.

Yvonne has not missed any of her husband’s court appearances, but friends said she couldn’t bear to listen to the proceedings. She waited outside to receive updates from her ­husband’s lawyer and friends.

This week Mbatha dramatically abandoned his bail application in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court after another alleged victim laid a charge of robbery against him. His robbery case was postponed to October 15.

On hearing this, Yvonne charged down the street in a huff, leaving her friends behind.

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