Murdered priest who had survived attack by serial killers widely mourned
GRAHAMSTOWN was rocked this week by three murders in three days. One of the victims was a priest who, 18 years ago, narrowly escaped death at the hands of a homosexual serial killer couple.
The Weekend Argus has established that one of the pair, who went on a countrywide killing spree in the early 90s, is out on parole and under correctional supervision in Pretoria.
An Anglican priest and lecturer at Grahamstown’s College of the Transfiguration, Clive Newman, 45, was found dead in his room in the college on Monday morning after he did not report for work.
Grahamstown police spokesman Inspector Sherolene Williams said police believe he was killed sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
He was found lying on his bed with an injury to his head.
There was no sign of forced entry, but the security gate was found ajar.
Police are now looking for Newman’s dark blue Hyundai car (registration DMC 932 EC) which is missing.
No arrests have been made yet.
In the 1991 attack in Port Elizabeth, the couple slit Newman’s throat. He survived but afterwards had a speech impediment because his vocal chords had been severed.
His testimony helped convict Antonie Wessels, then 31, and his teenage lover, JeanPierre Havenga, who was 17 at the time.
They had already killed three people across the country – American hiker Edward Perlmutter who was murdered in Outeniqua Forest, Major Jacob Joubert in Pretoria, and David Semehl, a teenager, who was killed in the Drakensberg.
Wessels was sentenced to death and Havenga to 25 years in prison.
Correctional Services spokesman Phumlani Ximiya said Havenga was currently on parole and under correctional supervision. Wessels’ death sentence had been converted to life imprisonment.
Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said he had heard the news of Newman’s death with “horror and grief ”.
Grahamstown national arts festival fringe manager Kate Axe-Davies said Newman had been instrumental in setting up the Artreach programme which enabled the elderly, sick and incarcerated to attend the festival.
“It is hard to believe that someone with Clive’s compassion, humility and respect for others can be so tragically taken away.
“He will be sorely missed by us all,” she said.
Meanwhile, the police were also investigating the deaths this week of police constable Chunysiwa Zamani and Port Alfred boat builder Andrew Reynolds.
Reynolds was found at a hunting lodge at Fort Brown, just outside the town.
He had been shot through the head.
Zamani’s body was found on Wednesday next to her blue VW Jetta on the N2 outside Grahamstown following a botched hijacking.