Legislature: Mbuli part of many SA homes

2013-05-20 10:55
Johannesburg - SABC radio and television presenter Vuyo Mbuli had "fondly been part of many homes in South Africa", the Gauteng legislature said in a tribute to him on Monday.

"This indeed is a sad moment for South Africans," it said in one of a stream of messages of condolence.

"In the midst of mourning his untimely death, let's equally celebrate his life and remember his contribution towards harnessing our democracy and the amazing ways in which he touched our lives daily," it said.

Mbuli, 46, collapsed while watching the Cheetahs' 27-13 Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic, where he later died.

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The SA Democratic Teachers' Union said Mbuli had, through his show Morning Live, "set the tempo for the day".

"To the country, Vuyo was a true ambassador. He made us South Africans feel welcome in our country as he greeted us in all 11 African languages and even more," it said.

"His presentations, peppered with South African lingo - Sharp, sharp, Heita Da, etcetera made many of us feel at home."

Inkatha Freedom Party secretary-general Sibongile Nkomo said the party would mourn Mbuli.

"He was not simply a journalist, but his life's work was for this country he loved," she said.

"His contribution was not limited to journalism, but he was involved in every sector of our society, giving his contribution of leadership to bring change, improvement and growth."

'He leaves a tremendous legacy'

SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo said Mbuli had left a legacy for the country's youth.

"He leaves a tremendous legacy, and I think for the young people that have watched him and followed him..., this is a time for them to say 'I potentially could be the next Vuyo'..., somebody who is completely fearless," Mokhobo said in a Morning Live interview with Leanne Manas.

Manas broke down and cried on camera at the start of the programme on Monday.

Mokhobo said a memorial service would be held at the SABC on Wednesday, and that the Mbuli family had informed the broadcaster that his funeral would be held on Friday.

Details of the two events would be released later in the week.

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  • alta.steyn.3 - 2013-05-20 11:24

    He carried himself as a true gentleman everywhere he went.You will be sorely missed, Vuyo, rest in peace.

      Edmore Kuseri - 2013-05-20 11:44

      we will all mc you.may his soul rest in peace.

  • Avril Luff - 2013-05-20 11:54

    I for one will miss Vuyo. It is very sad and painful when anyone dies for that matter, but for Vuyo he became part of most South Africans' household because when you switched on SABC 2 he and Leanne would be hosting Morning Live. It's also sad that he went at his prime age. He will be solely missed. Condolences to his family. I am thinking of his son who was with him when he collasped.

  • Benefit Charity Molobela - 2013-05-20 12:25

    Rest in peace bra Vuyo we will miss you very much, television for me will never be the same again

  • Bugx Lora - 2013-05-20 12:27

    i will remember the caller on SAFM, who said he will discipline him about the direct line and didnot want it changed as it belonged to all South Africans

  • Lebogang Matabane - 2013-05-20 15:44

    Morning live will never be the same without him..this is just too sad.

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