The Nelson Mandela Foundation announced during an emotional press conference that there would be a public memorial service in honour of Gugu Zulu at Kyalami race track in Johannesburg. The service will be on Tuesday, 26 July and he will be laid to rest on Thursday, 28 July following a funeral service at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.
The conference was held on Wednesday night at the OR Tambo International Airport just after the arrival of the climbers who were part of the Trek4Mandela initiative. The devastated Trek4Mandela team leader, Sibusiso Vilane, apologised for not being able to keep the members of the group safe during the climb. He also apologised to Zulu’s family and to the country, for not being able to bring Zulu back home safely.
The team's doctor, Roxanne Schutte said she expected Gugu to feel better after they get him down because “that is what happens with altitude, as soon as you go down, you immediately start feeling better."
The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang said Gugu died for a good course that they all believed in. “It was a course we all believe in order to assure that no girl child misses school.” Zulu died on Monday morning, while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to raise money for the Caring4Girls sanitary towels distribution programme.
The officials said they are working with the Tanzanian government to have Zulu’s body back in SA by Friday.