The founder of the Imbumba Foundation has described the final moments of Gugu Zulu’s life‚ saying his wife Letshego “did everything for him” in his final moments.
“She was constantly checking on him and making sure he was okay. When his breathing became very heavy‚ she alerted the medical teams.”
Speaking to TMG Entertainment from Tanzania‚ Richard Mabaso said the team has been left devastated by the death of Zulu‚ describing his last moments. In a tender recollection of Zulu’s final moments with his wife‚ Mabaso said she kept a constant eye on him.
“She was with him all the time. She also put a pillow under his head to make sure that he was more comfortable. It’s been devastating. We are all shocked.”
Mabaso‚ who is also project leader for the expedition‚ says Zulu was beyond excited to start the climb.
“He was so excited. Before we left he said that he has a young daughter and he wanted to take action and create awareness.”
Mabaso was on the Trek4Mandela expedition that this year aimed to raise enough funds to ensure that 350 000 girl children would not miss a day of school due to menstrual challenges.
He said Zulu had been complaining of flu-like symptoms for the past two days.
“I would check on every member of the group and after Gugu complained again of feeling flu-ish‚ the team doctor examined him.”
The rally car driver was put on a drip and rushed to a hospital where he died.
Meanwhile sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is among those who was shocked and saddened by Zulu’s death.
Mbalula extended his condolences on behalf of government in a post on his Facebook page.
“The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa‚ Fikile Mbalula has learnt with shock and sadness the passing of Gugu Zulu‚” said the post.
“Gugu Zulu lost his life in the early hours of Monday morning on summit to Kilimanjaro.
“It is with a heavy heart to hear of the passing of Gugu Zulu. South Africans know him as a great talented motor sport athlete who excelled on the race course. I also know him as a friend who was warm and kind. His family knows him as a loving husband and father‚” he said.
Mbalula said that Zulu‚ who was part of the Trek4Mandela team climbing the mountain in support of young girls from disadvantaged communities‚ had perished while on a mission to help others.
“That made him a selfless South African many should emulate. Gugu was young and still had a lot to offer our country. South Africa is poorer without him‚” he said.
“On behalf of government‚ Minister Fikile Mbalula extends words of condolences to the family and friends of Gugu and to all sport loving South Africans.”
Source: Herald Live