Three suspects arrested for the murder of Top South African lawyer

November 9, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Three suspects arrested for the murder of Top South African lawyer: Brainwave Science


Pete Mihalik, a criminal defense lawyer from South Africa, was killed at point-blank range as he dropped his son and teenage daughter off at school on October 30th, 2018. Vuyile Maliti, 35, is the third suspect in the assassination and appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The other two suspects are aged 26 and 31. The suspects have been charged with murder, attempted murder, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The three suspects have been granted permission to be held in separate prisons for their own safety, as reported by an investigating officer.

The first two suspects were arrested shortly after the murder. The suspects allegedly shot Mihalik in the head. The victim’s son sustained a gunshot wound to his jaw while the daughter was unhurt.

The state holds that the Mihalik’s murder was premeditated, and the attackers intended to kill the son.

Charges were also filed in relation to alleged possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. It is being speculated that the murder was ordered from a jail cell for a sum of R1 Million.

Mihalik was a prominent lawyer and an expert on underworld figures.


Crimes in South Africa are on the rise when compared to most countries. The South African government has found it tough to curb this menace. The lawyer was targeted because of being a popular figure in the fight against the underworld. The high price on his head further indicates what the criminals were willing to pay to get him out of the way. The public looks up to the government to eliminate threats to public servants in specific and the citizens in general. The government needs to address the overall crime situation in a strategic manager, with the right tools and intelligence.  The head of the Democratic Alliance Party says that the lack of sufficient modern forensic equipment has resulted in an ineffective and demoralized South African Police Service (SAPS).

The SAPS is burdened with multiple cases of rapes and murders each day. To deliver justice efficiently, the SAPS need a tool which is accurate, non-invasive and torture-free. The witnesses and evidence are present but if they can be used to supplement each other, the cases can be solved much quicker.

The SAPS are faced with the challenge of quickly solving the Mihalik case, and finding out who ordered the hit from the jail cell.


In a country where the police to citizen ratio hovers uncomfortably at one to 369 respectively, there is a definite need to get more law enforcement officer’s feet on the streets. Recent recruitment drives are a testament to the fact that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is looking to significantly bolster its ranks. Cop killings are reported on a daily basis in South Africa and along with strength in numbers, empowerment of forces with cutting-edge technology ensures the safety of officers as well as citizens. It is very important that citizens still have faith in the country’s law enforcement. The best approach to strengthening public confidence is to solve cases and prevent crimes using an upgraded modern forensic technology which is safe, cost-effective, non-invasive, accurate and is applicable in over 85% of crime-related cases. The only technology that satisfies all the requirements has already been developed by a reputed company, Brainwave Science and it’s called iCognative.

iCognative technology sets a new standard in security solution as it recognizes the vital difference between the perpetrator and an innocent is the recognition of a specific crime-related information stored in their brain. The confidential specific crime-related information would only be present in the perpetrator’s brain. The iCognative test scientifically and accurately differentiates the perpetrator from the innocent by recording and analyzing brainwave responses to such specific information with over 99% accuracy. The capability to accurately detect whether specific information is stored in a person’s brain is unparalleled – no other security solution in the world offers a powerful specific screening solution. Investigation and background checks are time-consuming, interrogation is often unreliable, and polygraph, fingerprinting and DNA testing cannot reveal what information the perpetrator’s brain harbors.

A 45-minute iCognative test conducted on the suspects and victims including the victim’s children can help uncover clues and lead to the people who ordered the hit. The iCognative system records and analyzes the brainwave responses via upgraded proprietary headset when confidential stimuli are flashed to a potential suspect/s on a digital screen. The test determines with over 99% accuracy if the information under question is present in the suspect’s brain or not. Brainwave Science has developed this technology in response to the demands made by the law enforcement community’s needs: durable, easy to use, highly applicable and impeccably accurate. Based on the established patent- free  P300/P300 MERMER science iCognative technology helps delivery of truth and justice in virtually all civil and criminal cases wherever investigation has been carried out saving thousands of man-hours of investigations and acceleration of crime clearance rates.

iCognative by Brainwave Science  is the only solution that can help South African Law Enforcement agencies to solve the murder of Mihalik quickly and effectively dismantle criminal organizations. iCognative  by Brainwave Science  is a tool which the SAPS can use regularly to solve cases in a time bound manner, protect its citizens, restore faith and thwart future crimes.  It comes as no wonder that this technology may very well be the breakthrough that law enforcement authorities have hoped for, enabling them to determine who is involved and behind the murder case of Mihalik with a nearly infallible degree of accuracy.

News Source: IOL

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