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#WCW: Letshego Zulu to climb Kilimanjaro to honour late husband, Gugu Zulu


Letshego Zulu, the wife of late rally driver Gugu Zulu who died in July of last year, is honouring her husband’s legacy by completing the treacherous Kilimanjaro hike her husband died trying to climb.

Zulu died in July 2016 as a result of respiratory problems he encountered while trying to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s sanitary pad initiative. The Nelson Mandela Foundation broke the news: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu, lost his life (on) Kilimanjaro early this morning before summiting.

Letshego and Gugu Zulu on their 2016 climb

Following the tragic death, Letshego was criticised by social media users who accused her of not “mourning her late husband properly.”  Speaking to TMG Entertainment, Letshego clapped back by stating she would not let people dictate to her on how to mourn her husband, nor impose their traditional ways of grieving on her.

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She further told the website she was in fact celebrating her husband’s life. Letshego has kept her husband’s spirit alive by raising the couple’s only daughter, Lelethtu.

The annual Trek4Mandela hike aims to raise funds to keep girls in school by providing them with sanitary pads. This year however,  the theme for the hike is #Climb4Gugu in honour of the late Zulu.

Letshego Zulu on her way to #Climb4Gugu

Speaking at a send-off at OR Tambo International Airport this morning, Letshego shared she would be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in her late husband’s honour. She previously shared the months that followed Gugu’s death were some of the hardest of her life and often she was “on autopilot”.

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We’re so proud of this phenomenal woman and wish her and all those who will #Climb4Gugu safe travels!

Peep Lestshego’s journey here

And off we go!!! #Trek4Mandela2017 #Caring4Girls #Climb4Gugu

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