'South Africa is poorer without Gugu Zulu' - Fikile Mbalula

18 July 2016 - 15:13 By TimesLIVE
A file photo of Gugu Zulu with the Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula at the annual Volkswagen Rally Day at Zwartkops Raceway on November 25, 2014 in Pretoria.
A file photo of Gugu Zulu with the Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula at the annual Volkswagen Rally Day at Zwartkops Raceway on November 25, 2014 in Pretoria.
Image: Gallo Images

The popular South African racing driver died early Monday while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

  • TRIBUTE: Gugu Zulu lived his best lifeGugu Zulu was a celebrated racing car driver who quickly became known as "the fastest brother in Africa" after starting his career in 1999. 

Zulu, who was one of the Trek4Mandela climbers, reportedly 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 foundation said

  • In Pictures: Remembering Gugu ZuluSouth African racing driver Gugu Zulu has died while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Nelson Mandela Foundation confirmed on Monday. 

In a statement, Mbalula said he was shocked and saddened by the news.

"South Africans knew him as a great talented motor sport athlete who excelled on the race course. I also knew him as a friend who was warm and kind. His family knew him as a loving husband and father.

"Gugu was part of the Trek4Mandela team that attempts to summit Kilimanjaro in support of young girls from disadvantaged communities. He passed on while on a mission to help others and that made him a selfless South African many should emulate.

  • Shock and sadness as fans react to news of Gugu Zulu's deathFans all over the country are mourning the death of race-car driver Gugu Zulu after the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that he died early on Monday while trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

"Gugu was young and still had a lot to offer our country. South Africa is poorer without him."

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