Gugu Zulu

Gugu Zulu

In the statement released earlier this morning, the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that Zulu lost his life early this morning while summiting the mountain.

Zulu and his wife Letshego were part of the Trek4Mandela expedition which aimed to raise enough funds to ensure that 350 000 girl children will not miss a day of school due to menstrual challenges, a project that both Gugu and Letshego were deeply involved with.

“Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu experienced problems breathing. The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mountain with him. We are informed that the medical teams tried everything possible to save his life,” the statement said.

Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, added his condolences.

“I am devastated. I knew him well. I recruited him to climb Kilimanjaro. The last thing he said to me at the airport before he left last week was that he wanted to speak about doing other Mandela Day projects. I feel a huge sense of loss,” said Hatang.

Zulu, who started his motor racing career in 1999, spent much of it with Volkswagen. He was due to give the new GTC Jetta its first outing at Zwartkops on 9 August.

Zulu is survived by his wife Letshego and one-year old daughter.