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Sportsman and adventurer Gugu Zulu died for the good cause

By Faeza
29 July 2016

Talented racer, Gugu “Gug’s” Zulu was given a moving tribute by top politicians, celebrities, business people and ordinary South Africans at his funeral that was held at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg yesterday.

Gugu died on July 18 while he was engaged on a good cause, where he was part of the team raising funds for the Trek4Mandela expedition at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

He was aiming to raise funds for girls who cannot afford sanitary towels an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in honour of the late state president, Nelson Mandela.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.  PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.  PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.  PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.  PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.  PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA.

GRIEVING WIDOW

Gugu was at the Trek4Mandela expedition with his widow, Letshego Zulu and other climbers, who were led by the experienced mountain climber, Sbusiso Vilane when he met his untimely death on Mandela Day.

At his funeral, Letshego spoke passionately about the man whom she spent most of her life with.

She made an impassioned plea to the powers that be that a medical facility should be erected at Mount Kilimanjaro to honour all the climbers who lost their lives due to altitude sickness at the tallest mountain in Africa.

““I would like to make a plea to all of you to help me continue Gugu’s legacy. He cared for the world and he did so much for so many people selflessly. It is very important that a medical facility is erected at Horombo. Many people suffer from altitude sickness at the mountain,” she says.

She adds, “I will continue to do more work to keep a girl child at school. This cause was important to him. I ask you to come together‚ go with me on this journey. I was married to an amazing man and that gives me strength to stand up. I will continue to stand and speak for the two of us.

Letshego also wrote a letter to her hubby, which was read by her best friend, Sheila Akinnusi. In the letter, Leshego says, ““As I look back over the last 10 days‚ I shake my head in disbelief as I never thought this day would come‚ certainly not now. I’ve been operating on autopilot. I’ve seen you five times [after Gugu’s death]‚ but there is a disconnect between what I see and hear. Mandela Day 2016 was a tough day for me. It was a long‚ treacherous‚ tiring walk. I lost my best friend‚ my better half‚ my Gugs. You departed on a really significant day.

The letter continues, “My heart will ache for a very long time‚ but I guess all will be well in due time. I cry simply because my heart aches. I know you are looking down at me and saying: ‘Oh‚ my love‚ I’m sorry‚ I never wanted to see you cry. You’ve left me with a sense of peace. You left this world so peacefully. It’s been hard to realise that your journey was God’s will. I feel I can’t ask God why‚ because you are his child. You were the best present ever. You used to cook for me‚ open doors for me and do anything I asked of you.”

She also states that she will be heading back to Mount Kilimanjaro in honour of her departed hubby.