Man charged in Pete Mihalik’s murder admits contact with two co-accused

Vuyile Maliti has pleaded not guilty along with Sizwe Biyela and Nkosinathi Khumalo.

FILE: Slain defence advocate Pete Mihalik was laid to rest in Cape Town on 10 November 2018. He was assassinated in front of his children's school in Green Point. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A man charged in connection with the assassination of defence advocate Pete Mihalik admits he was in contact with two co-accused but denies it was linked to the crime.

Vuyile Maliti has pleaded not guilty along with Sizwe Biyela and Nkosinathi Khumalo.

They were arrested after Mihalik was shot dead while dropping his children at school in Green Point in October 2018.

Neither Biyela nor Khumalo have not offered plea explanations at this stage.

However, Maliti has admitted to being in contact with Biyela prior to and on the day of Mihalik's murder.

His lawyer said Biyela wanted Maliti to sell gold coins for him.

This aspect will be further explored during the trial.

All three men are also charged with the attempted murder of Mihalik's two children.

The prominent advocate's son was wounded, while his daughter was unharmed.