The funeral service of South Africa’s motorsport champion and philanthropist, Gugu Zulu will hold on July 27 at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.
As gathered, a memorial service will be held in his honour on 26 July at the Kyalami race track, north of Joburg.
Gugu’s body was flown back to South Africa, alongside his wife on Thursday evening.
Zulu, philanthropist died while summiting Mount Kilmanjaro. He took ill after he was hit by flu-like symptom and apparently struggled to breath before passing away on Monday.
He was one of a 42-member Trek4Mandela team that climbed the Mount to raise awareness and funds for girls who miss school due to a lack of sanitary wear while they are on their period.
While Zulu’s fans across the country are mourning a prominent figure who impacted positively in the lives of many through his contribution to sports, his saddened family are mourning a beloved son, husband, father and brother.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since Zulu’s death, his parents commended the impact their son left in the lives of people.
Zulu’s dad, Peter Zulu, said he is comforted from the fact his son died doing what he loved.
He recalled his final moments with his son before he left for Mount Kilimanjaro.
“He came to see me, and he said, ‘dad you are not looking good.’ I got up and gave him a hug to give him that assurance that I’m okay, and to say just go to Kilimanjaro and do it. I was expecting him back.”
Zulu’s mom, Puleng said that he was a “gift from God.”
“God gave us a gift. The impact that Gugu has made to the world, I think we should thank God for his life,” she said.
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Emotions ran high on Wednesday after the Trek4Mandela team leader, Sibusiso Vilane and doctor explained how Zulu had been feeling in the days leading up to his death.
He said Zulu’s symptoms were mild and common for climbers at that altitude, stating that everything was done to save the champion’s life.