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Big money allegedly paid for hit on advocate

Publish date: 05 November 2018
Issue Number: 798
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

A R1m hit on Cape Town Advocate Pete Mihalik was ordered from a prison cell, well-placed sources have reportedly told the Sunday Times. The murder of Mihalik last week while dropping off his two children at school, was at the behest of two senior figures in the Cape Town underworld, the sources reportedly told the newspaper. They are said to have approached a Gugulethu tavern owner serving time for armed robbery. In turn, the tavern owner approached a 35-year-old taxi boss in Khayelitsha to recruit the killers. Two KZN men, Sizwe Biyela (26) and Nkosinathi Khumalo (31) appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court last week in connection with the shooting. According to the sources, they were paid R250 000 each and the taxi boss was paid R500 000. A source reportedly told the Sunday Times: ‘There is one guy outstanding ... Either someone is going to take him out before justice comes or he will just disappear. Unless he lawyers up and makes sure he's protected, then someone will try to take him out because he is the only one who can talk and say where it (the hit) comes from.’

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