Letshego Zulu: I'll remain strong for our daughter

Friends & family members gathered at the Kyalami race track today to pay tribute to Gugu Zulu.

Gugu Zulu's widow Letshego (Center), and Zulu's mother (Far Right) sit together at his memorial at Kyalami race track. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gugu Zulu's wife Letshego says even though she is devastated by his sudden death she'll be strong for their daughter Lelethu to ensure she has the best childhood possible.

Friends and family members gathered at the Kyalami race track in Midrand today to pay tribute to Zulu.



The race car driver died last week while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Trek4Mandela initiative which raises money for girls in disadvantaged communities.

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Elize Mabinya read out a message on behalf of Letshego.

"You had so many dreams for our daughter. We often joked about how Lelethu pulled straws by choosing us as her crazy parents. I'm also glad that we managed to enjoy a few adventures with her before you departed."

An emotional Letshego says she will continue flying the South African flag high because that's what her late husband would have wanted.

She says her husband was one of a kind.

"I was married to an amazing man. I shared him with all of you. He's up there looking down at me and saying 'My love, I'm sorry but I know you can go on, you can keep the flag flying' and that's what I'm going to do."

The Nelson Mandela Foundation also called on mourners gathered at Zulu's memorial to emulate the late racing car driver by giving to others and living life to the fullest.

The foundation's Sello Hatang said, "He gave hope to those he encountered. I once told him that he's got a beautiful smile. Every year as we mark Madiba's work we will be thinking of Gugu Zulu. You legacy of greatness has now been tied with greatness itself."