Mentor dies in accident

2016-09-06 10:38
Jonathan Peter Jansen (left), Jaryd Jooste and Maruwaan Scullard were walking from Johannesburg to Manenberg in an effort to raise funds for Love out Loud, a mentoring programme by Fusion and Tree of Life for schools in Manenberg when a car crashed into the one they were resting in, killing Scullard died instantly.

Jonathan Peter Jansen (left), Jaryd Jooste and Maruwaan Scullard were walking from Johannesburg to Manenberg in an effort to raise funds for Love out Loud, a mentoring programme by Fusion and Tree of Life for schools in Manenberg when a car crashed into the one they were resting in, killing Scullard died instantly.

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He had survived heroin addiction, but this weekend, only one week after his 21st birthday, was tragically killed while walking to raise funds for an anti-gangsterism and drug programme aimed at teenagers.

Maruwaan Scullard from Manenberg died on Friday 2 September after a car crashed into the one he and his fellow walkers, Jonathan Jansen (38) and Jaryd Jooste (26), were resting in near Sebokeng.

Scullard – who had been living in Johannesburg for 18 months – with Jansen and Jooste had set off from Hillbrow the day before on a 1500km journey to Cape Town to raise funds for Love out Loud, a mentoring programme by Fusion and Tree of Life for schools in Manenberg. They had planned to walked 35km a day.

Clare Pretorius, Tree of Life team member, says Scullard joined their Cru62 recovery home 18 months ago as a heroin addict.

She says he flourished and responded well to the challenges and opportunities offered by the home, and was invited to join the team as a staff member three months ago. “Maruwaan was more full of life than anybody you would ever meet. He was so sure of his identity and purpose on earth. He was truly full of joy,” says Pretorius.

Pretorius says the team, who started their long walk on Thursday 1 September, were on a break during their second day close to an off ramp near Sebokeng, about 60km outside Johannesburg.

The three team members were standing on the side of the road outside their car and having lunch, apparently in the emergency lane.

“Information is still limited but there seems to have been no other cars on the road, when a vehicle came speeding towards the team, driving into the emergency lane. No information is available to explain why the driver would choose to drive on the left side of the yellow line at speed. The vehicle crashed into the Love Out Loud team, killing Scullard instantly,” she adds.

Jansen and Jooste suffered critical injuries, but are in a stable condition.

Scullard’s mother and cousin are in Johannesburg, along with the families of Jansen and Jooste, who are making encouraging recoveries.

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