Pretoria tycoon jailed for 35 years

2012-04-11 14:23

Johannesburg - A Pretoria tycoon who kidnapped, assaulted and robbed people while pretending to be a policeman was jailed for in effect 35 years by the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

William Mbatha, who is known for his fast cars and expensive clothes, was sentenced to a total of 123 years’ imprisonment, but some of the sentences are to run concurrently.

Acting Judge Narren Pandya said that, despite the evidence, Mbatha had shown no remorse and maintained that he was not responsible for any of the crimes for which he had been found guilty.

"It is clear the robberies were well planned and the complainants were tracked and stalked," said Pandya.

He sentenced Mbatha to 15 years on each of five counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and five years on each of three counts of kidnapping.

He received five years on each of four counts of possession of an illegal firearm; six months on each of three counts of impersonating a police officer; and six months on each of three counts of wearing a police uniform.


Two of Mbatha's victims, businessman Ismail Omar and his wife Celeste were in court for the sentencing.

Omar said afterwards that he was "very happy" Mbatha would go to jail for "a long time".

"This man and his friends followed me, put me in handcuffs, put a bag over my head and tried to suffocate me and then invaded my home terrifying my wife, my three little children and their friend who was visiting," he said.

Omar said his children were still too scared to sleep in their own rooms, nearly three years after the crime.

He was also still seeing a psychiatrist and a psychologist to cope with the trauma.

"This changed my family forever," he said.

"Mbatha can't look at me in the eye because he, also a father with little children, knows what he did."

The Omars praised the police, saying "excellent detective work" and the emotional support of policemen friends were helping them to move on with their lives.

  • Marion - 2012-04-11 14:36

    Why do they call him a tycoon? He's just a rich criminal. Sorry for the victims who have suffered so much psychologically.

      Fussed - 2012-04-11 14:41

      He was the tie man

      Fussed - 2012-04-11 14:47

      Hence the name

      Alan - 2012-04-11 15:20

      I thought he was from Thailand?

      Mattewis - 2012-04-11 15:24

      What's the difference :-)?

      Frank - 2012-04-11 16:21

      The ultimate rascist insult will be calling someone a "refugee raccoon".

      Phillys - 2012-04-11 16:30

      Tycoon???? does he sell ties??

      Sharon - 2012-04-11 18:05

      @Phyllis - Alan says he might be a Thaicoon.

      Boer - 2012-04-12 00:32

      Dis reg sluit die wetter toe.

      Johan - 2012-04-12 07:43

      Maybe he was just hungry, that is the excuse for all the crimes.

      Graham - 2012-04-12 20:54

      We have a whole cabinet of tycoons! Criminals with ties!

      roberta.keeling - 2012-04-13 13:52

      He's a tycoon because he loved wearing a tie.

  • Raymond - 2012-04-11 14:38

    Surprised he didn't faint and get taken to hospital.

      Vernon - 2012-04-11 16:21

      he will once he sees papa!!!

      Den - 2012-04-11 17:30

      he isnt previously from asia

      Jana - 2012-04-12 07:54

      You mean he didn't get taken to hospital YET!!

      Glenda - 2012-04-12 20:53

      We are still waiting for that!!!

  • josephmaloya - 2012-04-11 14:41

    Shame batho ba pheli bosso ya lena yo tsofalla ko tronkong

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-04-11 14:41

    the long arm of justice the moves at a chameleon pace is finally served

      James - 2012-04-12 11:34

      Too slowly...and not so surely...

  • Fran - 2012-04-11 14:44

    Good riddance for bad rubbish.

  • Mogaki - 2012-04-11 14:46

    Mashobana is gone for a long time.

  • Johannes - 2012-04-11 14:52

    You hurt many people and you deserve to be in jail for a longer period. They were suppose to remove you permanently from the society.

  • Dave - 2012-04-11 14:54

    Why do you glamourise his crimes by still calling him a tycoon.He is nothing but a thug.

      william 2012 - 2012-04-11 15:49

      WELL SAID DAVE!!!!!!

      Vernon - 2012-04-11 16:24

      yes, thug who will soon get a hug from you know who....

      Nyiks11 - 2012-04-12 12:35

      Dave Matseathoka I agree , tycoon is definitely somtething he is not

  • Peter - 2012-04-11 15:21

    Education is the only weapon that can liberate us, not even a political party can do that.

  • Thaemperor - 2012-04-11 15:24

    Sorry Robin hood

      Marion - 2012-04-11 16:03

      Seems he stole from the poor to give to the rich.

  • Mattewis - 2012-04-11 15:27

    In my layman mind concurrent sentencing ridicules the concept of justice! How do you serve more than one prison sentence at once? What the heck, he'll be back on the streets in under a decade!

      Marion - 2012-04-11 16:04

      @Mattewis - these concurrent sentences give me the s***s. But I think the reason they will give someone, say, 10 sentences all running concurrently is so that if an appeal on one is successful then the others still stand and said perpetrator still remains behind bars. I think.

      Frank - 2012-04-11 16:53

      The warders will make sure he gets raped 10 times a day, not the normal twice.

      Jayson - 2012-04-12 04:26

      I agree 100% with your comment Marion. It also makes me angry. But its not about having a back up plan in case he appeals. This thug needs to serve hard core jail time. And should not be allowed to appeal. But as they say,, the law is an ass. And yes Mattewis this thug will proberly be out in under 10 for good behavior. It sux. But hey,, that's the way the mop flops in this country.

  • Jean - 2012-04-11 15:30

    Hey, hey, judge, judge, its me, plz dnt take that thug to jail, i will provide him a free air ticket to China with 2kg of .............!!!!!

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-11 16:06

    Wow all the bling and the glamour gone, eish no positive role models for our SA youth, @least a good lesson that crime doesn't pay. Its a pity the justice system can't touch the corrupt politicians,thumbs up to the magistrate, so long mashwabana.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-11 16:37

      I thought you were my role model

  • Ofentse - 2012-04-11 16:18

    So crime does pay, it pays you back in jailtime...LMFAO

  • Teddy - 2012-04-11 17:21

    Crime doesn't pay

  • Teddy - 2012-04-11 17:23

    crime doesn't pay

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-11 17:38

      seems like it does pay shabir and our president mr zoom zoom

  • tokologor - 2012-04-11 17:23

    Mathata,mosadi wa gage o kae?we'll take of her

  • Lawrence - 2012-04-11 19:25

    Hade bosso!¡ Wht goes up must also come down.

  • Sipho - 2012-04-11 19:52

    as I have said before.only in south africa can a home invader and STICK UP MAN be considered a tycoon! this man was never a business man! just a robber with a gun! he is where he belongs for the remainder of his natural life. on another note uuhh uum! I hear that his wife is one hot looking woman. she is going to be needing some companionship for the next 35 years,so I will volunteer my services to help her adjust to life without him!

  • oupag - 2012-04-11 20:24

    Every dog has its day......

      Vernon - 2012-04-11 20:45

      this dog should've got a century!!!

  • mthuthani - 2012-04-12 09:26

    I remember this guy driving a big SUV towing a Harley Davidson on a trailer in Bloemfontein at one of the braai places in the township,he was throwing one hundred rand notes from the vehicle's sunroof like confetti and nearly caused a stampede as people were running after him picking up the money.

  • Simon - 2012-04-12 14:20

    The word tycoon is derived from the Japanese word taikun (???), which means "great lord," and it was used as a title for the shogun.[1][2] The word entered the English language in 1857[2] with the return of Commodore Perry to the United States. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was humorously referred to as the Tycoon by his aides John Nicolay and John Hay.[3] The term spread to the business community, where it has been used ever since. (Wikipedia)

      maureen.bryden - 2012-04-12 20:28

      It's a wonder News 24 is not being labelled as racist for the term TYCOON. I know what the word means, and also the "tie" part, but the "coon" part? Just wondering!!

  • Dennis - 2012-04-12 15:07

    Another crook that thinks ANC stands for A Nother Cheque !!

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-12 16:39

    African Gangster the movie.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-12 17:07

    Hero worshiping a criminals is normal in some quarters of our country because there are no known real role models. Some alleged criminals have a sizable but expedient following to support them every time they appear in court. Some followers are even prepared to Die for the alleged criminal. An alleged criminal can also be elected President of the country! Fraud, corruption, violent crime, grime, politics of convenience is all some quarters are exposed to and nothing else. You plant tomatoes and expect to reap potatoes - why so! Some Heroes are an epitome of our society. Welcome to SA if you just arrived!

  • Ryan - 2012-04-13 08:15

    tyCOON hmmmmm?

  • Susan - 2012-04-13 10:55

    Great detective work, and a fair Judge...

  • Zenzele - 2012-04-13 11:40

    Put a noose around this low life rat!!!!

  • George - 2012-04-13 19:37

    Obviously does not belong to the right club (party).

  • TheFatCanary - 2012-10-29 18:46

    See President Zuma, sometimes our Justice System actualy works... next time its your turn! Someday you gonna run out of your skelmstreke and then BOPHA! Tjoekie toe!

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