Sheldon van der Merwe with his mom, Cheryl. He arrived back in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday 27 August after a long bus journey and slept under his family’s roof for the first time in almost five years.
He went missing after visiting with friends in Potch and ended up as a hobo in Klerksdorp. Most of the times he slept under a tree and begged for food and money at the corner on Latham Street. His family believed him to be dead until he was spotted on a page for missing persons earlier this year. Benefactors came to his aid and paid for a bus ticket so he can re-unite with his family in KZN.