Memorial service planned for Gugu Zulu at Kyalami race track today

Zulu passed away last week while trying to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

Gugu Zulu and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: @MbalulaFikile.

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial service for the late racing car driver Gugu Zulu will be held at the Kyalami race track today in Johannesburg.

Zulu passed away last week while trying to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

He was part of the Trek4Mandela team that took part in the expedition to raise funds for charity.

Zulu's friends and family are expected to share their memories of the 38-year-old at the race track, which is known as the home of South African racing.

Zulu had mild flu-like symptoms but was prepared to continue climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

However, his condition worsened and he had difficulty breathing, resulting in him being taken down the mountain.

Zulu's body was repatriated last Thursday and arrangements are being finalised for his funeral service at the Rhema Bible Church this Thursday.

South Africans have been taking to social media to send words of comfort and support to his family:

Deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of racing driver Gugu Zulu who passed on during a Kilimanjaro #Trek4Mandela climb



We remember #GuguZulu as a patriotic and committed citizen. May his soul rest in peace. @NelsonMandela @sellohatang pic.twitter.com/1BCSzWnGyl



Thanks for the memories #GuguZulu The world & The Man Cave will not be the same without your kind soul R.I.P pic.twitter.com/hgKxAf2tZT



Completely shaken by the passing of #GuguZulu ... What a champion.πŸ’”

Thinking of his wife, how broken she must be.



RIP #GuguZulu πŸ’” who passed away on Mnt. Kilimanjaro, you were an inspiration to many✊🏿