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'The fastest brother in Africa' - SA reacts to Gugu Zulu's death

2016-07-18 12:36

WELL-LOVED: South African Rally champion Gugu Zulu sadly passed away due to breathing problems while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Image: Instagram

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2016-07-18 11:40

With great sadness we've compiled this photo gallery on the late Gugu Zulu: the fastest brother in Africa! RIP, dear friend.

Cape Town - South African rally champion Gugu Zulu has died while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, reports said on Monday. 

The 38-year-old was climbing Kilimanjaro with his wife Letshego and project leader Richard Mabaso. The team was led by experienced mountaineer, Sibusiso Vilane.

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The veteran driver was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of an initiative with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

SA reacts

South Africans shared their thoughts on the illustrious driver, affectionately known as 'The Fastest Brother in Africa': 

Pierre Arries (pictured below), former teammate of Zulu's and a double SA Rally champion with Volkswagen sent this message to Wheels24: "Gugu was an inspiration. Always humble, he always made time for anyone.

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He was an inspiration to both young & old across the racial divide & he was very charitable, more often than not challenging himself for the benefit of those less fortunate.

Motorsport & the world has lost a legend, my heart goes out to his wife Letshego, the apple of his eye Lelethu Naledi, his parents Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zulu, his sister Liyanda, the extended family and his many friends. May he rest in peace" 

         Photographer: Andre Laubscher www.runridedive.com

- Born May 13, 1978
- VW, Audi, BMW driving instructor
- Began racing in 1999, after graduating from Isondo Racing Academy
- Won Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 national championship, winning 13/16 races with two second places
- In 2001 Sarel van der Merwe took him under his wing and gave him the second seat in the inaugural Sasol            Steam Team
- In 2001 he also won the Guinness Achievement Award and Wesbank and Goodyear Star of Tomorrow awards.
- In 2003 he joined the SA national rally championship, losing the championship race by one point
- In 2004 he raced overseas in the Skip Barber Dodge Racing Series
- In 2005 Zulu was a stunt driver in the movie Lord of War about the illegal arms trade starring Nicholas Cage. 
- In July 2005 he joined the now-defunct Car Torque TV presenting team
- In August 2007 he was appointed as the commercial manager for the South African A1 team
- Affectionately known as “the fastest brother in Africa”

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