Mi­ha­lik lauded as par­ent, lawyer

Fam­ily, friends, col­leagues and clients bid farewell to advocate gunned down in front of his chil­dren

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - LUKE FOLB

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, with a po­lice pres­ence too.

Mourn­ers in­cluded for­mer clients, al­leged 28s gang boss Ralph Stan­field, who was a pall­bearer, 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 was also in at­ten­dance.

While taking his chil­dren to school, Mi­ha­lik was shot dead in his car out­side Red­dam House Atlantic Seaboard school in Green Point.

His son Daniel, 8, was also in­jured while his daugh­ter Cas­sidy, 17, was un­in­jured.

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

Mi­ha­lik was dat­ing Tas­min To­bitt, who used to be mar­ried to for­mer Spring­bok rugby player Percy Mont­gomery.

His fa­ther, for­mer advocate Janos Mi­ha­lik, was in at­ten­dance.

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 I from place to place.

“He never traded his au­then­ticy 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 wound.

Ross McK­er­nan de­liv­ered a mov­ing eu­logy on be­half of Mi­ha­lik’s close friend, Jock Wal­ters, de­tail­ing his life in law and his up­bring­ing.

“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.”

“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,” said McK­er­nan.

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

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

The third sus­pect, Vuy­ile Mal­iti, joined Sizwe Sin­zokohle Biyela and Nkosi­nathi Khumalo 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 a me­mo­rial ser­vice would be held for Mi­ha­lik at the Cen­tre for the Book to­mor­row at 4.15pm.

BREN­DAN MAGAAR African News Agency (ANA)

PALL­BEAR­ERS carry the cof­fin at the fu­neral of Pete Mi­ha­lik at St Mary’s Cathe­dral in Cape Town. The advocate was shot and killed out­side Red­dam House Atlantic Seaboard school in Green Point, while drop­ping his chil­dren off at school. |

THE fu­neral of advocate Pete Mi­ha­lik was held at St Mary’s Cathe­dral in Cape Town yes­ter­day.

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