South Africa’s rally driver Gugu Zulu has died while attempting to climb to the summit of the Kilimanjaro Mountain this morning.
This known Rally driver Zulu was part of the Trek4Mandela initiative that had prominent South Africans try to summit the Mountain for Mandela day.
In a statement released on Monday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that Zulu died early on Monday morning while trying to reach the summit of the mountain.
“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 foundation said.
Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said: “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.”