Gugu Zulu 'a hero and a freedom fighter'

Gugu Zulu 'a hero and a freedom fighter'

Tanzania's High Commissioner to South Africa says they need to work together to address the challenges they face concerning Africa's highest peak.

Gugu Zulu laid to rest
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Radhia Msuya was speaking at the funeral service of Gugu Zulu in Johannesburg after the race car driver's widow made an impassioned plea for a small health facility to be built on Mount Kilimanjaro where her husband died last week.

The 38-year-old was part of the Trek4Mandela initiative and had been climbing the mountain for a cause.

After Zulu experienced breathing difficulties, it took four hours down the mountain to try and get him help.

Msuya says it is always a challenge to strike a balance between conservation and facilities for human. 

"Should we allow facilities to be constructed on Mount Kilimanjaro or should we concentrate on conserving it. It is not a question - it is just an observation and it does not have a direct answer. It is important to work together to address these challenges," she said.  

Msuya also described race car driver Gugu Zulu as a hero and a freedom fighter who wanted to free girls from the obstacles preventing them from being educated.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told mourners Zulu gave his all in everything he did in his life. 

Mbalula recalled a time Zulu invited him on one of his rides on the race track.

Meanwhile, Zulu's widow Letshego said she will ensure his legacy lives on.

"It breaks my heart that he is no longer physically here with us, but I find that it's my duty to continue his work. He was a man of many people. He loved so many people and I was never jealous of that love, because I knew I was his first lady," she said.

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