Hundreds honour murdered minister

ST George’s Presbyterian Church minister the Reverend Clifford “Wally” Leeuw will be buried tomorrow in the Maitland cemetery in Cape Town.

Leeuw’s funeral service was held in East London yesterday at the Abbotsford Christian Centre, attended by hundreds of friends, family and community leaders.

Leeuw, 60, died last Tuesday after being stabbed in the neck and arm by two men near Leaches Bay who fled the scene with his cellphone and money.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the attack.

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle delivered the eulogy at the funeral and promised his government would do all it could to protect citizens from crime.

“We can no longer afford to be robbed of our loved ones by people who care very little about the fabric of our society and sanctity of life.”

Paying tribute to Leeuw the premier said: “We bow our heads in the memory of a man, a father, a son, a preacher and a husband – a visionary and a true patriot who was stolen from us in very tragic circumstances.”

He said Leeuw departed the world as a member of an extended family that stretched across provinces and continents.

COMMUNITY IN MOURNING: A packed Christian Centre during the funeral service of slain East London Pastor Clifford Leeuw Picture: MARK ANDREWS
COMMUNITY IN MOURNING: A packed Christian Centre during the funeral service of slain East London Pastor Clifford Leeuw Picture: MARK ANDREWS

“Reverend Clifford lived a life best depicting what it means to be truly united in diversity.

“We will miss him more because as we struggle with many challenges towards making our country a truly non-racial and non-sexist one, he was an activist that championed an ideal of a truly democratic society.”

Masualle told mourners that Leeuw had served the people of Mthatha, King William’s Town and East London with honour and congregations would remember him with fondness.

“His community work brought hope to a number of people and organisations such as LifeLine, Haven Wellness Centre, Fairlands Retirement Village as well as the Arcadia Rotary Club,” he said.

Masualle said Buffalo City Metro mayor Alfred Mtsi had assured him that the metro would stop at nothing to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of the murder were brought to justice.

Leeuw was born in Vasco near Cape Town in 1955. He was the fifth of eight children. He is survived by his wife, three sons and five sisters.

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