President Jacob Zuma has extended his “deepest condolences” on the sudden death of South African racing driver Gugu Zulu.
President Zuma said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic and painful incident which has taken place on a day on which we should be rejoicing and celebrating Madiba’s legacy.
South Africa has lost an inspirational young man; who was not only an adventure enthusiast; but was also passionate about community initiatives aimed at improving the lives of others.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) described Zulu as “a young man; who truly exemplified an unwavering commitment and contribution to excellence in sports; and to upholding the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.”
Racing Driver Gugu Zulu Passes Away
Gugu Zulu Zulu died early on Monday morning while trying to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The race champion; together with his wife, Letshego Zulu, were part of the Trek4Mandela expedition.
The mountaineering team; led by experienced mountaineer, Sibusiso Vilane, saw the couple apparently descend the mountain; together with Richard Mabaso, the project leader and the medical teams.
Zulu’s last post on his Facebook page was on Saturday. He posted; “Made it though- day2. My wife is doing fabulous, she has even learnt the local language. Am having flu like symptoms and struggling with the mountain but taking it step by step!!
Today we managed to see our destination; our camp is literary above the clouds.”
He was an established and celebrated driver for Volkswagen. His wife, Letshego is a registered biokineticist; personal trainer; health and fitness advisor and adrenalin junkie.
Zulu won the SA National Rally Class Championships in 2007; 2009 and 2010. He was also the famous South African who won the Wesbank Award and Goodyear Star of Tomorrow Award.