'Full of life': Tribute to ex-addict killed on anti-gangsterism walk

2016-09-05 14:00
Former heroin addict Maruwaan Scullard was killed this week while walking with the 'Love out Loud' team from JHB to Manenberg to raise funds for a mentoring programme. A car in the emergency lane knocked the team down. (Pic: Facebook)

Former heroin addict Maruwaan Scullard was killed this week while walking with the 'Love out Loud' team from JHB to Manenberg to raise funds for a mentoring programme. A car in the emergency lane knocked the team down. (Pic: Facebook)

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Cape Town – Once a young man on the Cape Flats with a drug addiction, Maruwaan Scullard had turned his life around and vowed to help teens escape the culture of substance abuse and gangsterism.

Literally walking the talk, he set off from Johannesburg with team leader Jonathan Jansen last week to walk 1 494km to Manenberg in Cape Town.

Their goal was to raise funds for their 'Love out Loud' project, a vision which would have seen at-risk youths receiving mentoring and counselling.

The planned 60-day walk ended in tragedy on Friday when a car apparently crashed into them and Jaryd Jooste, 26, near Sebokeng.

The three had apparently stopped on the side of the road for lunch when a vehicle veered into the emergency lane.

Scullard had turned 21 a week ago. He died instantly.

'Full of joy'

'Love out Loud' team member Claire Pretorius said Jansen, 38, and Jooste suffered critical injuries but were in a stable condition. Jooste had a head injury.

"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," said Pretorius.

Eighteen months ago, Scullard joined a recovery home as a heroin addict.

Pretorius said he flourished and was invited to join the team as a staff member three months ago.

In a promotional video for the 'Love out Loud' campaign, he spoke of his tough upbringing in Manenberg.

"My father wasn't present in my life. My mom was also drinking. That's why I looked up to the guys on the street. When I came to the house, I was just one day off heroin. I was thinking of running away," he said at the time.

Mentoring programme

This changed when he attended a worship session. He realised that if he ran away, he would not be able to be a better version of himself.

"I don't want to be a slave to drug addiction. I don't want to be a slave of the devil any more to hurt people."

The campaign set a target of R750 000 to start a mentoring programme for schools in Manenberg.

The plan was to target 10 pupils on the verge of expulsion and offer them academic, social and spiritual support.

Scullard's mother and cousin were said to have flown to Johannesburg, along with the families of Jansen and Jooste.

More than R44 000 had been donated for their medical costs by Sunday.

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