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Prominent Cape Town advocate Pete Mihalik was murderded in full view of his two children when he dropped them off at school on Tuesday morning. Here is a roundup of News24's coverage on the brazen attack.
1.Underworld bosses, Jason Rohde, gang wars and murders - the bloody life of Pete Mihalik2.'I think it was a fight about money' - Pete Mihalik's father3.Slain advocate Pete Mihalik lost his wife, mother and sister to suicide4.Mihalik murder: 'We are shocked' - Cape Bar Association5.Mihalik shooting a brazen attack on criminal justice system - Dan Plato6.Slain lawyer Mihalik was deeply involved with Cape Town underworld7.Mihalik murder: 'His loyal friends will pick up his blood'8.'It looked like a toy gun, he was so calm about it' - eyewitness describes Mihalik murder
9.Forensic teams comb crime scene after Mihalik shooting
10.From the scene: Criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik shot dead outside Green Point school
'I think it was a fight about money' - Pete Mihalik's father
The shooting of top Cape Town advocate Pete Mihalik outside his son's school in Green Point could be linked to his work, his father Janos Mihalik said just hours after his son's death on Tuesday.
"When I watched the news, I couldn’t believe it... I was shocked," he told News24.
He said his son sometimes had arguments with clients about payment for his services.
On Tuesday morning, criminal attorney Pete Mihalik was killed outside his son's school, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard, in Green Point, Cape Town.
Mihalik was shot in his head while in his vehicle by an unidentified suspect.Mihalik’s eight-year-old son sustained an injury during the incident and was admitted to hospital.
He was later moved from Somerset Hospital after receiving treatment. Mihalik's daughter, who was also inside the vehicle when the incident occurred, is unharmed.
The circumstances surrounding Mihalik's death remain unclear, however, a suspect has been taken in for questioning.
After extensive forensic inspection at the scene of the crime, the body was removed midday on Tuesday.
Mihalik murder: 'We are shocked' - Cape Bar Association
The Cape Bar Association was shocked by the brazen killing of Mihalik.
"We are shocked, we are saddened. We feel sad for his children especially," said advocate Ismail Jamie SC, chairperson of the Cape Bar Association.
"We don't know the circumstances. It appears to have been a targeted killing and it could have had something to do with his work."
Mihalik murder: 'His loyal friends will pick up his blood'
An underworld figure close to Mihalik told News24 that "his blood will be picked up by his loyal friends", a clear indication that there could be revenge attacks.
A lawyer who worked with Mihalik, who does not want to be named, said there is concern that "there will be chaos now".
Police have confirmed that a suspect has been arrested for
the murder of Pete Mihalik
Statement: This office can confirm that a suspect is being
questioned by detectives of the anti-gang unit in connection with the murder of
a 50 year old man this morning in Green Point.
Mihalik shooting a brazen attack on criminal justice system - Dan Plato
The apparent assassination of top Cape Town advocate Pete Mihalik outside his son's school in Green Point is a brazen attack on the entire criminal justice system, says the city's mayor-in-waiting Dan Plato.
#Mihalik Forensic pathology workers have removed the body from the scene. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/YCG0hVs0Q3— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) October 30, 2018
#Mihalik Forensic pathology workers have removed the body from the scene. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/YCG0hVs0Q3
Slain advocate Pete Mihalik lost his wife, mother and sister to suicide
Slain advocate Pete Mihalik reportedly lost his wife, mother and sister to suicide.
#Mihalik Media have been pushed about 100m back from the scene. A white van, driven by man in scrubs and gloves, parks across Mihalik's vehicle and blocks all visuals. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/vPpWf8z5bM— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) October 30, 2018
#Mihalik Media have been pushed about 100m back from the scene. A white van, driven by man in scrubs and gloves, parks across Mihalik's vehicle and blocks all visuals. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/vPpWf8z5bM
Unconfirmed reports have linked a Johannesburg-based suspect to the shooting incident, and that the suspect was arrested by traffic police in Atlantis, Netwerk24 reported.
However, police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana told News24 on Tuesday that this was "news" to her, and they did not have any information on arrests just yet.
The personal assistant to College Principal Liséttè Noonan
confirmed to News24 on Tuesday that the school was on lockdown.
The school is preparing a formal statement to issue to the
media "very shortly".
"Everybody seems to think it happened in the school. It
did not, it happened outside the school," the personal assistant said.
"The school is currently on lockdown and the children
are all safe."
A circular issued to parents on Tuesday informed concerned
parents about the incident.
Extra security has been arranged to serve on the school
premises for the rest of the day.
Staff were busy with children in classrooms, and no one was
allowed to leave the premises while police were investigating the scene.
Specialist support staff and extra counsellors would meet on
Tuesday to plan for debriefing, support and a way forward, the circular said.
Parents were also allowed to collect their children if they
so opted, via the farthest entrances from the incident.
WATCH: Criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik shot dead outside Green Point school
A family who lives nearby have shared how they heard two shots. The mom said she saw the shooter walking away fast from the scene.
He had a briefcase or something to hide his gun, she says.
It was a silver gun but almost looked like a toy gun. She said it was so brazen and things happened so quickly that she didn't know what to do.
It was then that she heard a girl in the car screaming for an ambulance
Heavy police presence as underworld figure Modack, co-accused appear in dock
In 2017, controversial businessman Nafiz Modack, and six others linked to the underworld and nightclub security takeover, are set to spend Christmas behind bars.
Slain lawyer Mihalik was deeply involved with Cape Town underworld
Over the past two years, a "turf war" has been playing out in Cape Town between a more established grouping linked to Sea Point businessman Mark Lifman and a new faction headed by Nafiz Modack.
During the bail application involving Modack and four
co-accused, investigating officer Charl Kinnear had testified that a firearm
was stolen during an altercation in Parow in March - an incident which is set
to have sparked the nightclub security takeover.
The firearm, he had alleged, had turned up at Mihalik's
Mihalik, Kinnear had said, told controversial businessman
Andre Naude he would return the firearm to its owner in exchange for R20 000.
Brian Wainstein, an international steroid smuggler who was
murdered in Constantia in August 2017, had paid over this money and the firearm
However, the state prosecutor in the Modack case had said
this evidence should never have been led, and was without substance.
Both had been involved in the massive police firearm
smuggling case which started out as a Western Cape-based investigation and
which evolved into a national one.
Mr Mihalik has always maintained to me that he has represented suspects from various "factions" as he does not choose sides. He also said he was trying to maintain peace. If true, in doing so, he has been assassinated.— Caryn Dolley (@caryndolley) October 30, 2018
Mr Mihalik has always maintained to me that he has represented suspects from various "factions" as he does not choose sides. He also said he was trying to maintain peace. If true, in doing so, he has been assassinated.
#Mihalik Neighbour describes how man was pulled out vehicle. "The boy was covered in blood. They rushed him to hospital." @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/YNNXFDeTIc— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) October 30, 2018
#Mihalik Neighbour describes how man was pulled out vehicle. "The boy was covered in blood. They rushed him to hospital." @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/YNNXFDeTIc
#Mihalik Neighbours have reacted with shock to the shooting at Reddam school. Cops already combing the taped-off scene. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/bfL28W7R1q— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) October 30, 2018
#Mihalik Neighbours have reacted with shock to the shooting at Reddam school. Cops already combing the taped-off scene. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/bfL28W7R1q
Parent shot dead outside Cape Town school https://t.co/heXy6qPHAc pic.twitter.com/fmo66QILd3— News24 (@News24) October 30, 2018
Parent shot dead outside Cape Town school https://t.co/heXy6qPHAc pic.twitter.com/fmo66QILd3
International kickboxer Jan "The Giant" Nortje (C)
with advocate Pete Mihalik (L) and Riaan Louw (R) outside the Cape Town Magistrate's
Court in Cape Town.
Nortje is accused of stealing a diamond worth R1.7m, after
being asked by a friend to sell the diamond in Pretoria. He was released on
bail. (Nasief Manie, Gallo Images, Foto24, file)
SAPS statement on Green Point murder under investigation
Western Cape: Detectives of the
Anti-Gang unit and SAPS crime scene experts are combing the scene for clues
following a shooting incident that occurred on the corner of Cavalcade and Thornhill
in Green Point this morning at around 07:35.
According to reports, a 50 year
old man was shot in his head and fatally wounded in his vehicle by an
unidentified suspect who is yet to be arrested. The suspect was seen fleeing
the scene in a metallic grey VW Polo.
The victim's eight year old son sustained
an injury during the incident and was admitted to hospital. The circumstances
surrounding the incident are being investigated and anyone with information is
kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
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