PALL-BEAR­ERS

Fam­ily, clients at ser­vice for slain ad­vo­cate

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - BREN­DAN MAGAAR African News Agency (ANA)

carry Cape Town ad­vo­cate Pete Mi­ha­lik’s cof­fin to the hearse fol­low­ing his fu­neral ser­vice at St Mary’s Cathe­dral in Cape Town. Mi­ha­lik was shot dead, al­legedly by KZN hit­men, while drop­ping off his chil­dren at school. |

GANG­STERS, lawyers and judges filled St Mary’s Catholic Cathe­dral for the fu­neral of ad­vo­cate Pete Mi­ha­lik.

Mi­ha­lik, 50, was buried yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing shot dead nearly two weeks ago.

Pri­vate body­guards were scat­tered in and around the church, along with a po­lice pres­ence.

Mourn­ers in­cluded for­mer clients, al­leged 28s gang boss Ralph Stan­field, who was a pall-bearer, and mur­der ac­cused Colin Booy­sen, who is the brother of al­leged Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome “Donkie” Booy­sen.

Un­der­world king­pin Nafiz Mo­dack made a brief ap­pear­ance, and Judge Si­raj De­sai, as well as Mi­ha­lik’s fa­ther, Janos Mi­ha­lik, a for­mer ad­vo­cate, were in at­ten­dance.

Mi­ha­lik was shot dead in his car out­side Red­dam House At­lantic Se­aboard school in Green Point while tak­ing his chil­dren to school. His son Daniel, 8, was shot in the face and hos­pi­talised, while his daugh­ter, Cas­sidy, 17, was not in­jured.

His wife Karin, who suf­fered from de­pres­sion, hanged her­self in 2015 at the age of 48.

Mi­ha­lik was dat­ing Tas­min To­bitt, the ex-wife of for­mer Spring­bok rugby player Percy Mont­gomery.

Cas­sidy said she strug­gled to find the words to de­scribe “such an ex­tra­or­di­nary man”.

“My dad was the type of per­son you did not for­get. If you wanted some­thing he’d do any­thing and ev­ery­thing to achieve it. He built his king­dom from the ground up.”

She said de­spite her fa­ther’s “ar­ro­gant and self­ish fa­cade”, he was one of the “most gen­er­ous peo­ple”.

“On many oc­ca­sions he would give up his Satur­day af­ter­noons to take Daniel and me from place to place.

“He never traded his au­then­tic­ity for the ap­proval of oth­ers. He would ad­mit his flaws and worked hard ev­ery sin­gle day to im­prove him­self.”

Her brother Daniel was not at the fu­neral, and is still re­cov­er­ing from his in­jury.

Ross Mck­er­nan, a friend, de­liv­ered a mov­ing eu­logy on be­half of Mi­ha­lik’s close friend, Jock Wal­ters, de­tail­ing Mi­ha­lik’s ca­reer in law and his up­bring­ing as a young man.

“Pete was a sur­vivor. At the age of 12 he and his brother took a train to Bloem­fontein, where they at­tended board­ing school. The kids teased Pete be­cause of his sur­name and it was there that Pete had to learn to stand up for him­self,” said Mck­er­nan.

“Even as a child Pete gave good ad­vice. He once told a class­mate not to grow a wishbone where a back­bone should be. As a young child Pete as­pired to study law. He worked hard and achieved good re­sults.”

He added that Mi­ha­lik had taken pride in his work and would “fight for the un­der­dog”.

On Thurs­day, three men ap­peared in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court on a charge of mur­der.

The third sus­pect, Vuy­ile Mal­iti, joined Sizwe Sin­zokohle Biyela and Nkosi­nathi Khu­malo in the dock af­ter hand­ing him­self over to po­lice on Wed­nes­day.

In ad­di­tion to the charge of mur­der, the men have been charged with at­tempted mur­der, pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

The case was post­poned un­til

Thurs­day.

The Cape Bar an­nounced that a me­mo­rial ser­vice would be held for Mi­ha­lik at the Cen­tre for the Book to­mor­row at 4.15pm.

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