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2016-07-28 10:16

FINAL FAREWELL: South African racing driver Gugu Zulu is being laid to rest in Johannesburg. Image: YouTube

Johannesburg - South African racing driver and one half of the 'Adventure Couple', Gugu Zulu, is being laid to rest at the Rhema church in Randburg, Johannesburg. 

Zulu died while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania earlier in  July 2016. The 38-year-old had complained of flu-like symptoms two days before he died. 

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Zulu's body was repatriated on July 21 and a memorial was held in his honour at the Kyalami race track on Tuesday (July 26). More than 1000 people attended the emotional ceremony in which friends and family shared their experiences of the deceased racing driver's career. Zulu's mother Puleng and wife Letshego spoke at the memorial. 

Funeral in Johannesburg

Some of those in attendance at Zulu's funeral include SA Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Follow a live stream of the funeral here: 

Letshego Zulu: "I was married to an amazing man, and it breaks my heart he is no longer here with us.
But he was a man of many people, he loved so many people. I was never jealous of that love because I knew I was his first lady.

"I'm going back, I'm gong back to the mountain. I'm going back to Uhuru Peak.

"Gugu was never shy to ask for what he wants. I always was. He always used to nudge me and say "You have all these contacts around you, call them".
"With that being said, I'd like to make a plea to all of you to help me continue the legacy. Gugu cared for the world. He did so much for so many people. Selflessly. He was away from home a lot, for charitable purposes.

"In a years time I will summit on Mount Uhuru on Mandela Day.

"I think we all need to come together, with the Tanzanian president, and fight for the plight of the many people who have lost their lives. We should erect a mini medical facility at Uhuru. Nothing big, something that can be manned by one doctor a week because so many people suffer from altitude sickness.

"He gives me the strength to stand up here and speak to you and I will continue to stand and speak, because his voice will no longer be heard. I will be speaking for the two of us."


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