Sadness, shock and anguish as the nation mourns Gugu Zulu

People across the country are reacting to the news of the racing driver's death.

Renowned racing driver Gugu Zulu and his wife Letshego posing for a photo at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on 13 July 2016 ahead of their trip to Tanzania. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The news that racing car driver Gugu Zulu has died has been met with anguish, shock and sadness.

The 38-year-old was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his wife, Letshego Zulu, and other well-known South Africans as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative.

Two days ago he posted an Instagram photo of him and his wife saying she was doing well, but he was experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Neeran Naidoo said, "We spoke to two members this morning and we understand he had problems breathing last night. The medical team on site put him onto a drip and brought him down from the mountain. They tried everything possible to save his life but unfortunately we lost Gugu this morning."

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Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is among the people who have reacted with shock and sadness.

Mbalula says this is a major loss for South Africa.

He described Zulu as a dynamic and unselfish individual who died while pursuing a good cause.

"It is a great loss. We have lost an individual who has made a name for himself and used that name to pursue a good cause."

People took to social media to express disbelief at the news.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation also extended its sincere condolences to the Zulu family.

In a statement by the foundation this morning, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang 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."

Zulu's wife was with him during his final moments on the mountain.

They were often referred to as the 'adventure couple'.

Listen Gugu Zulu's last interview with Radio 702's Sam Cowen