TRAGIC: SA racer Gugu Zulu died due to breathing problems

Veteran racing driver and TV presenter Gugu Zulu has died after experiencing breathing problems while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Mandela Day.

Zulu’s wife Letshego was also part of the expedition.

Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesman Neraan Naidoo said yesterday: “Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu experienced problems breathing. The medical team supporting the trek put him on a drip and they descended the mountain with him.”

Zulu, 38, began his career as a rally driver in 1999 and was mentored by legendary racer Sarel van der Merwe.

He later earned the nickname “the fastest brother in Africa”.

The foundation shared Zulu’s last Facebook post, from Saturday.

“Made it though (sic) day2. My wife is doing fabulous, she has even learnt the local language. Am having flu like symptoms and struggling with the mountain but taking it step by step!! Today we managed to see our destination and our camp is literary above the clouds!!”