Taxman gathering evidence on Bling King

2009-11-28 13:24

“King of Bling” William (Mashobane) Mbatha’s court appearance at

the Germiston Regional Court on Friday was postponed yet again.

But this time it was for the state to get his bail condition

transcripts from the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court as evidence.

The transcripts could provide details of his previously violated

bail conditions and help the court decide whether or not to approve his current

bail application.

In the meantime, South African Revenue Services (SARS) is compiling

its own evidence on Mbatha’s tax evasion charges. They sent SARS officials to

his luxurious house in Irene (Pretoria) and sportsbar in Atteridgeville on

Thursday morning.

According to Superintend Chris Du Plessis who was on the scene

escorting the officials, “a lot of documents” were confiscated from the house

and “clothes imported from overseas” were confiscated from the sportsbar.

“Mbatha claimed the imported clothes, which did not have receipts,

were brought into the country for re-selling,” said Du Plessis.

“SARS will use the confiscated documents and clothing to make an

audit to determine the value of his (Mbatha’s) monies and expenses,” said Du

Plessis.

Documents ceased by SARS could just be the breadcrumb trail in

investigating the possibility that his businesses serve as a front for his

alleged crimes.

Police suspect computers used in his business which could have

served as further evidence in the case were hidden.

Mbatha a suspected crime boss known for his lavish lifestyle and

expensive taste in clothes was released on a R50 000 bail by the Pretoria

Magistrate Court after he was charge with armed robbery, theft, housebreaking

and tax evasion.

Mbatha was later arrested after an alleged attempted robbery and

for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, but was released on R15 000

bail by the Germiston Regional Court on August 6.

Six days later he was arrested again after a victim from a house he

allegedly robbed in Meyersdal recognised him from press pictures.

Mbatha remains in custody at Boksburg prison.

His next court appearance will be at the Germiston Regional Court

on Friday December 4.


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