A MEMORIAL service in honour of Gugu Zulu, who died on Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, will take place on Tuesday.
The details of the public memorial service were announced at an emotionally charged media conference held at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday night.
The memorial service will be held at Kyalami race track in Johannesburg. The race car driver will be laid to rest on July 28 following a funeral service at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.
Zulu‚ who was part of a 42-member Trek4Mandela expedition team climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds to supply sanitary pads to schoolgirls‚ died on Monday morning after suffering from “flu-like” symptoms.
The rest of the team arrived in SA on Wednesday‚ where members of the media were addressed by an emotional team leader, Sibusiso Vilane‚ Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang and the team doctor, Roxanne Schutte.
Speaking at the media briefing, Hatang said the organisation anticipated that Zulu’s body would be brought home on Friday.
South African officials have been working closely with Tanzanian authorities to bring Zulu’s body back, but the process has taken longer than anticipated.
SA has been mourning the death of a sporting hero who touched the lives of thousands of people. Zulu’s contribution to the sporting community‚ as well as his kind-hearted nature and zest for life, are some of the qualities fans have been remembering about him in an outpouring of tributes.