‘Mini medical facility needed on Kilimanjaro’

Letshego Zulu wants to start a project aimed at saving lives to honour his late husband.

FILE: South African racing car driver Gugu Zulu with his wife. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Gugu Zulu's widow says she wants to open a medical facility on Kilimanjaro to honour all the people who have died on the mountain.

Letshego Zulu was speaking at today's funeral service for her late husband at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

The race car driver died last week while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Letshego says her husband would be pleased to be the inspiration behind a project aimed at saving lives.

"In a year's time I will summit on Uhuru. I think we all need to come together and change the plight of the many people that have lost their lives on the mountain and erect a mini medical facility at Horombo because so many people suffer from altitude illness."

At the same time, Gauteng Premier David Makhura described the late popular sporting personality as an inspiration to both government and young, aspiring race car drivers.

Makhura was among many paying tribute to Zulu earlier today.

Makhura says Zulu will be remembered for the inspirational work he did in Diepsloot and other informal settlements.

"As someone who was famous, he used his fame to make a big difference and gave hope to the youth of our townships; Gugu's life taught us that when you rise, take others with you. This is the best African way."

To see Gugu Zulu's final journey click here.

Makhura also called on South Africans to emulate the late race car drivers' traits of giving and serving others.

Makhura says Zulu taught other public figures to use their fame to better the lives of others.

"His life taught us that when you have influence, use your influence to impact and uplift others. This is a profound lesson for all of us because sometimes we spend too much time worrying about our own lives and those of our next of kin."