Gugu Zulu didn’t die in vain, not at all. He died a hero.
Yes! Gugu died while climbing Mount Kilmanjaro to raise funds for girls who stay away from school due to lack of sanitary pads while menstruating.
It was all gloomy and despondent as hundreds of friends, family, fans and high-profile personalities gathered at the Kyalami Race Track in Midrand today to pay tribute to SA’s beloved Gugu Zulu.
As the event climaxed, Richard Mabaso, leader of Trek4Mandela expedition, who spoke at the solemn event said Gugu was born, lived and died a champion.
Mabaso, overwhelmed with emotions eulogized the dead icon. He however said Gugu did not die in vain as “We have so far collected over 3.6 million pads”.
With this milestone achievement, Mabaso says school girls will now stay in school because of Gugu Zulu’s contribution to humanity.
Friends of Gugu Zulu embraced and comforted each other during the memorial service.
Actress Hlubi Mboya was seen crying while she hugged and comforted a friend who also broke down in tears.
A message read on behalf of Gugu’s wife, Letshego says: “I will honour your wish my love, my best cheerleader. I promise to expose Lelethu to our lifestyle.
You always valued family and cared so much for everyone. I’m grateful for the past 15 years that I’ve spent with you. Today we celebrate your life and I will love you forever.”
Gugu’s father said: “To me Gugu is the best story ever told. Tuckshop money was spent on motorsport publications.”
Gugu’s mom thanked God for choosing her to bring Gugu into the world.
Another speaker, Sello Hatang said: “I promise you Gugu, we will have that coffee on Mount Kilimanjaro. When Gugu sees the likes of The Biko, he should tell them he died trying to get sanitary pads to a girl child.”
While the service lasted, family members were brought to tears by Louise Bala’s sweet tribute.
Gugu Zulu’s one-year-old daughter, Lelethu, was spotted wearing a grey dress and cream coat while his wife was clad in a long blue dress.
Gugu died last week Monday beside his wife after he took ill while climbing Mount Kilmanjaro.