'I don't think he was well'- Gugu Zulu's friend and fellow climber

Reputation architect and author, Thebe Ikalafeng, pays tribute to the late South African race car driver, Gugu Zulu, and shares his last moments with him while climbing Mount Kilimajaro for Mandela Day.

Ikafaleng says Zulu wasn't feeling well on Saturday morning when they met before attempting to climb.

To be fair, I don't think he was well. On Saturday morning after breakfast, I said to him, there are two things that are going to get you to the top, you must be healthy, you must have the right attitude. And the second thing I said, was you must take care of your altitude.

Thebe Ikalafeng, Gugu Zulu's friend

The further down they bring you, the better you become. And unfortunately because Kilimajaro is a protected national park, between the time you start, which is about 1600 I think, to the peak of 5895 meters above sea level... between those two peaks, there is one where there is no medical facility.

Thebe Ikalafeng, Gugu Zulu's friend

So, even if you have an emergency, if there is no helicopter which has to come from Kenya, because they have only one person, and if you don't have an insurance with that person then you are in trouble.

Thebe Ikalafeng, Gugu Zulu's friend

He died doing a good cause, and that's how we will remember him.

Thebe Ikalafeng, Gugu Zulu's friend

Zulu was rushed to hospital on Sunday, accompanied by his wife Letshego, after having breathing problems at Africa's highest point.

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