Attorney from Cape Town, Pete Mihalik, was killed in a well-planned strike by well-known rental murderers who were transported to the city of KwaZulu-Natal to perform one instruction: "Shoot the white man."
It was a picture painted by Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, the chief policeman investigating the execution of one of the most sought-after defense attorneys in Cape Town.
Bail release proceedings Sizwe Biyela, Nkosinathi Khumalo and Vuyile Maliti started on Wednesday in a court in Cape Town. They are facing accusations of murder, attempted murder and possession of firearms and ammunition.
The three of them intended not to plead guilty, denying any involvement in Mihalik's murder. He was shot on October 30 at Green Point during the school run.
Mihalik's son was also hit in the shooting, but he survived. His daughter escaped without being injured.
Biyela is accused of shooting deadly shots and, according to you, was made on a CCTV footage filmed from a nearby guesthouse running away from the stage and pushing a gun into a file, briefcase or bag that he had with him.
According to the prosecution's evidence, Biyela and Khumalo were brought to Cape Town to carry out the attack, allegedly by Maliti.
The three, along with the fourth unidentified suspect, reportedly traveled two cars – VW Polo and Renault Clio, apparently hired by Maliti. Both were spotted on CCTV in the day before the hit, and in the morning of murder.
Khumalo was arrested less than an hour after Mihalik was shot, when the traffic officer drove the Clio he was driving and VW Polo after him without stopping at the stop sign.
According to Kinnear's statement, Maliti accepted his move, but Clio drove off and the driver returned on foot.
The traffic officer asked Khumalo, where his car was, and he replied that his passenger had left.
Maliti left the stage after receiving the ticket, while the traffic officer asked Khumalo to accompany him in search of a car so that he could finish the sentence.
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Kinnear said the traffic officer found out about the shooting and the involved cars when he arrived at the Sea Point police station in Khumalo and informed the authorities that he might have a suspect with him.
Sam Kinnear arrested Biyela after finding a mobile phone, for which he received several calls from the police.
The alleged bandit was found at the Bellville bus depot, and the investigating officer said he recognized Biyela of CCTV footage, as well as his watch and shoes.
Kinnear added that Biyela had been warned about his rights and decided to answer his questions after being arrested.
He told the officer that he was at Sea Point that day because "Khumalo said a white man must be shot."
Khumalo supposedly gave him the weapon used for shooting. It still has not been downloaded.
Khumalo also answered Kinney's questions, allegedly saying that Maliti had asked him to kill the "white man" the day before. But he told him he was afraid.
They returned the next day and drove Polo.
Maliti left for Johannesburg after the murder. It turned out that he sold 11 zlotys Kruger Rands the same day Mihalik was murdered in Kenilworth and received 200,000 cash.
Kinnear said in his statement that Biyela and Khumalo were known in their home cities as "hitmen," who were used in the hits associated with taxis.
Biyela, the father of two Durban children, told the court that he was not formally employed but earned a living as a lender.
He has an unresolved case of attempted murder committed in Melmouth.
Khumalo, the father of three children from Empangeni, is a taxi driver who is accused of murder who "plans to include a witness of state."
Maliti, the owner of a taxi from the Blue Downs, admitted that he was previously convicted for drunk driving and also for theft. He also has a pending case of having a suspect property.
All three said they were going to refuse to admit all charges.
The bail release proceedings are on May 10.