'It's been a tough week for Gugu Zulu's family'

Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Parks Tau visited the race car driver's family this afternoon.

Friends and family welcome the Trek4Mandela team home at OR Tambo Airport. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Parks Tau says this week has been a difficult time for Gugu Zulu's family, but they are keeping strong as they deal with the loss of their loved one.

Tau visited the race car driver's family this afternoon to convey his condolences after Zulu died last week while trying to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

His body returned to South Africa yesterday and his funeral will be held next week.

Tau says he knows the couple personally and will be attending all the planned ceremonies in Zulu's honour next week

"I didn't see Letshego (Gugu's wife) but I saw her mom and Gugu's parents. They are keeping strong and say it is the will of the Lord that Gugu has rested. It's a difficult thing but they're being strong."

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During an emotional press briefing held at OR Tambo International Airport earlier this week, Dr Roxanne Schutte explained how the race car driver was unconscious when she last saw him.

Dr Schutte explained that Zulu had complained about a scratchy throat before the expedition.

He then had flu-like symptoms and low energy levels which she said was common for climbers at that altitude, but he said he was prepared to continue.

_ Click here to view an interactive map on Gugu Zulu's journey at Mount Kilimanjaro_.