OVERVIEW: 10 top reads on the killing and bloody life of Pete #Mihalik

2018-10-30 20:42

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.

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30 Oct 17:22

'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.

30 Oct 17:12


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.

30 Oct 16:06

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."

30 Oct 15:52

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". 

30 Oct 14:47

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.

30 Oct 14:08

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.

30 Oct 12:46

30 Oct 12:18
WATCH: Forensic teams comb crime scene after Mihalik shooting

30 Oct 12:07

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.

30 Oct 12:00
Pete Mihalik's son was moved from Somerset Hospital after being treated there for a bullet graze

30 Oct 11:52
This image is of the alleged getaway car in the Pete Mihalik murder in Cape Town.

30 Oct 11:13
#Mihalik Crime scene investigators are also accessing footage captured at a nearby guesthouse to check whether they can see how events unfolded. @TeamNews24 @JennaEtheridge

30 Oct 11:07

30 Oct 10:59

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.

30 Oct 10:51

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.  

30 Oct 10:45

WATCH: Criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik shot dead outside Green Point school

30 Oct 10:39
Mihalik's movements on Tuesday before he was shot. He lived in Mouille Point, an exclusive suburb on the Atlantic Seaboard, with Reddam House School was just minutes away. His offices were situated at the Huguenot Chambers in central Cape Town.

30 Oct 10:23

30 Oct 10:19
Pete #Mihalik’s murder is awful. Feel terrible for his children - seeing their father shot while being dropped off at school. Their mother also passed away a few years ago. Absolutely tragic. @MandyWiener

30 Oct 10:14

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

30 Oct 10:09

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.

30 Oct 10:06
A forensic analyst at the scene in white scrubs uses a handheld camera to capture the scene. He scans the area and then films the car and underneath the car.

30 Oct 10:05

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.

30 Oct 10:01
#Mihalik Residents near school say Mihalik took the same route here at the same time every day. One says she knew Mihalik was in her road by the sound of his Mercedes Benz. @TeamNews24 @JennaEtheridge

30 Oct 09:59
Investigators examine Mihalik's car

30 Oct 09:57
Forensic analysts investigating the scene in Green Point where Pete Mihalik was murdered.

30 Oct 09:52

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 offices.  

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 was returned.  

However, the state prosecutor in the Modack case had said this evidence should never have been led, and was without substance.

30 Oct 09:49
On November 8, 2016, Mihalik's close associate Noorudien Hassan, an attorney, was murdered in Lansdowne.  

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.

30 Oct 09:44
According to acquaintances of Mihalik, he was under 24-hour protection by a security company. His bodyguards arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting.

30 Oct 09:43
Pete Mihalik's last WhatsApp profile pic with his son.

30 Oct 09:42
Neighbour says this is Mihalik's child's backpack. Blood drop clear on leather bag and blood stains on top of bag.

30 Oct 09:34

30 Oct 09:33

30 Oct 09:31
News24's special writer Mandy Wiener reports that Mihalik was deeply involved in the Cape Town udnerworld: "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. The Booysen brothers, Colin and Jerome 'Donkie' Booysen, have been divided, with Colin siding with Modack and Donkie with Lifman. The result has been numerous tit for tat shootings and attempted and successful assasinations. It’s believed Mihalik found himself deeply involved in this standoff and attempted to intervene to resolve the dispute."

30 Oct 09:28
#Mihalik A neighbour heard two shots and ran down to school. "The shots sounded different, like close to glass". @TeamNews24 @JennaEtheridge

30 Oct 09:27
The scene outside Reddam House School in Cape Town on Tuesday morning where criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik was shot dead.

30 Oct 09:27
The scene outside Reddam House School in Cape Town on Tuesday morning where criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik was shot dead.

30 Oct 09:27
The scene outside Reddam House School in Cape Town on Tuesday morning where criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik was shot dead.

30 Oct 09:26
The scene outside Reddam House School in Cape Town on Tuesday morning where criminal lawyer Pete Mihalik was shot dead.

30 Oct 09:21
In 2016, criminal attorney Noorudien Hassan was shot dead outside his home in Lansdowne in Cape Town. Hassan worked closely with Pete Mihalik. Now Mihalik has been shot dead while dropping his kids at school. Frightening. @MandyWiener

30 Oct 09:19

30 Oct 09:19

30 Oct 09:16
One neighbour told News24 she had rushed out after hearing around two shots. She said they sounded different, perhaps because it was close range. She recalled that people pulled Mihalik out the vehicle and that his son was covered in blood.

30 Oct 09:15

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)

30 Oct 09:14
#Mihalik's son was also hurt in the shooting and is being treated in hospital. It's unclear how badly he was wounded. Mihalik's daughter is unharmed. @MandyWiener

30 Oct 09:10
Crime scene investigators were combing the scene, speaking to neighbours and looking at CCTV from nearby buildings while family and friends of Mihalik consoled each other on the crime scene.

30 Oct 09:08
An unknown gunman was believed to have shot Mihalik once through the window of his black Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicle. His children were in the car at the time of the shooting. News24 understands that his young boy was badly injured with head injuries.

30 Oct 09:08
The Green Point community was reeling of shock after the assassination of prominent Cape Town advocate Pete Mihalik on his way to dropping his two children at Reddam House private school.

30 Oct 09:05

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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