Vuyo Mbuli 'never regained consciousness'

2013-05-20 09:13
Bloemfontein – Well-loved TV presenter Vuyo Mbuli never regained consciousness after collapsing at the Cheetahs Super rugby game in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

It happened shortly after he posted a tweet about the game, reported Times Live.

His co-presenter on SABC's Morning Live, Leanne Manas, was devastated upon hearing the news of his death: "We created magic together for two hours every morning for nine years.
I'm devastated!

"Not sure how to do it without you. I will miss you so much."

Mbuli's last tweet

Tributes for Mbuli have poured in from all over SA, with politicians, the president, celebrities and ordinary South Africans telling how he changed their lives and brightened their day.

Mbuli's last tweet gave the rugby score eight minutes into the second half and his Twitter profile carried these words: "It's not what you say, it's what you do."

Mbuli tweeted:

According to Beeld, president of Free State rugby Lindsay Mould told how one of the directors of the union, who also happened to be a doctor, immediately started emergency treatment of Mbuli after he collapsed.

The doctor and paramedics apparently struggled for about half an hour to stabilise him before he was rushed to the Mediclinic Bloemfontein.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that he died shortly after 22:00 but would not speculate about the cause of death.

*How will you remember Vuyo? Send us your tributes - – and get published!


  • Mashudu Ndou - 2013-05-20 09:29

    Deepest Condolences to family, Colleagues and Friends!I still can't believe it. May GOD GIVE his family strength in this difficult times. R.I.P

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-05-20 20:10

      RIP Vuyo! May you entertain the heavens as you did so joyously in SA. Such a pity that one does not say in death what one could have in life.. lets hope you reading all these very touching messages xx

  • Diane Edwards - 2013-05-20 09:33


  • Machoene Kaizer - 2013-05-20 09:35

    Rest in peace mbuli

  • Tangai Defe - 2013-05-20 09:37

    Sharp,sharp.The mornings will never be the same again.RIP Vuyo..

  • Robin Harriram - 2013-05-20 09:39

    I watch morning live every morning and Vuyo's death comes as a shock. I just liked watching this duo. It was kind of natural combination. I like Leanne also. i hope she copes and find a suitable partner for morning live. He should also be black. God bless you Vuyo.

      Sefularo Setlhare - 2013-05-20 10:59

      Really now Robin. Wow! Clearly u need 2 learn that there's place 4 everything. Just check what makes ur comment different 4rom the others

  • Mothibe Moses - 2013-05-20 09:43

    R.I.P Vuyo we already miss ur smile and jokes.

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-05-20 09:47

    Very upset to hear of your passing,may you rest in peace ,safe in GODs loving arms.

  • Mpho Laphoza Matjeke - 2013-05-20 09:49

    He was more than a Journalist to many. May He Rest In Peace. You will be missed Mr Mbuli.

  • Mpho Laphoza Matjeke - 2013-05-20 09:49

    He was more than a Journalist to many. May He Rest In Peace. You will be missed Mr Mbuli.

  • Gustaph Madileng - 2013-05-20 09:50

    May the Lord accept the souls of the believing who departed.

  • Agang Monchwe - 2013-05-20 09:58

    My day is not going so well after the sudden death of Vuyo. This is guy is such my mentor: You will aways be remembered champ!

  • Amanda Mbusha-Ndulula - 2013-05-20 09:58

    R.I.P Vuyo Mbuli.

  • Pumie Ngobozana - 2013-05-20 09:59

    This is too sad for words. RIP Vuyo

  • Joe Marshe Push - 2013-05-20 10:00

    R.I.P. Vuyo 'Sharp Sharp' Mbuli.

  • Nditshedzeni Singo - 2013-05-20 10:01

    Morning live will never be the same without your smiling face. Sharp sharp. Rest In Peace bra Vuyo

  • Karin Coetzer Swanepoel - 2013-05-20 10:04

    Gone to soon! Will be remembered for his smiles and laughter, a well presented man, always professional!

  • Mathabo Ponoane Ponoane - 2013-05-20 10:06

    Deepest condolences to his family his co-worker especially Leanne and Andile. Remember that we are all visitors in this world one day we will also depart.

  • Richard - 2013-05-20 10:07

    Never watched his show as I simply never watch any morning shows for time reasons but judging by the comments so far he was a pretty spectacular person. RIP

  • hlabilawu.koba - 2013-05-20 10:09

    Every moment I listened to him, both on tv and radio, Iit felt great cz his way of thinking was showed that he is well informed. I so wish his memorial service will be made LIVE

  • Ringeta Daniel Mashimbye - 2013-05-20 10:13

    He was nice. He always was nice, with a nice voice.Good bye Vuyo Mbuli.

  • anele.mveku - 2013-05-20 10:18

    I can not even begin to imagine how hard it must be for his family and friends, I am devastated and yet I ddnt even know him personally.

  • Marcina Ebrahim - 2013-05-20 10:34

    VUYO - you will be deeply missed, in my home for the past 15 years we started our day with you....theySAY THE good die young...HEY TA DAA.....

  • Marelise van der Merwe - 2013-05-20 10:35

    RIP Vuyo

  • Zandile Mazet Langa - 2013-05-20 10:38

    Judgin by the way I'm devastated I can't imagine how hard it must be for those who knew him personally,we will really miss vuyo,hope he rests in everlastin peace,I will not forget his words that kept me motivated mintiro ya bula bula-ur work speaks for you I believe his work has done enough talkin for him,he is one public figure that will never be forgotten,the respct that he had for evry1 both young and old shall never be forgoten,I'm deeply touched and I'm still struggling to come to terms with his departure,Condolences to his fam and the nation at large

      Vuyo Mangali - 2013-05-20 11:23

      gama apho uzakuphumla khona yazi ukuba yonke into ubuyenza sisi khumbuzo kuthi lala ngoxolo mvundle

  • Dicky Richard Muller - 2013-05-20 10:43


  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-05-20 10:45

    i miss his smile and those beautiful eyes watching morning live today was hard to leanne,andile,tsieitsi,samm and all his collegues be strong and i'm sorry for ur loss.

  • Maneo Molefe - 2013-05-20 10:47

    I liked when he would sign off in Tsonga, mintirho ya vula-vula, i would wait 4 him to say it, may your family, friends and everyone who is hurting find a strength to go on. R.I.P Vuyo o bosso wena!

  • George Lyon - 2013-05-20 10:48

    Vuyo just seemed such a nice guy. What a tragedy at such a young age.

  • Noluthando Dube Gqam - 2013-05-20 10:58

    RIP Mr Mbuli. May the Almighty be with family and friends in this difficult time. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us external comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word

  • Rakgoathe Bogoshi Matlala - 2013-05-20 10:59

    RIP Mr Mbuli (Sharp, sharp), I once met him at a Mall and as I was steering at him he greeted me waving his hand and with a big smile on his face.

  • Caron Filies - 2013-05-20 11:00

    Vuyo you will always be remembered for your warm nature, your pleasant manner in which you conducted yourself daily in our living rooms. My deepest condolences to his wife, kids, his family and his colleagues. God needed AN ANGEL. RIP.

  • Jenny Pillay - 2013-05-20 11:01

    Deepest Condolences to the family, friends and especially Leeane. What devestating news. RIP Vuyo

  • Siphokazi Jackson - 2013-05-20 11:10

    I will remember Vuyo when he's says 'umphongolo' referring to a barrel.RIP Mthimkhulu.You will always be missed.

  • Livhuwani Skave Muedi - 2013-05-20 11:20

    Rest in peace you will be remembered for your good work.

  • Livhuwani Skave Muedi - 2013-05-20 11:21

    May your soul rest in peace. God wiil take care of your family...

  • Lawton Hikwa - 2013-05-20 11:30

    A legend gone so soon. Rest in peace Vuyo and may the Lord look upon your family, relatives, colleagues and friends.

  • Sharon Munyai - 2013-05-20 11:31

    Rest in peace Vuyo

  • Sharon Munyai - 2013-05-20 11:31

    Rest in Peace Vuyo

  • Tinyiko Maluleke Zapata - 2013-05-20 11:47

    Its hurting but thats how the devil operates he kill good people

  • Dineo Mokgoetsi - 2013-05-20 11:52

    Its unfortunate that nothing last forever. I have no doubt in my mind that wherever you are you are filled with contentment. That you ran your race from the start until you reached your last heart beat. When l think of you l see a symbol of hope for our beautiful country that we treasure so much. Hope for self discovery,hope for unity and prosperity,hope for our safety and sustainance of quality life we have always dreamt of. Respect and the dignity you had are just but few rare qualities you possesed. Your sudden death is a great loss to us and many more generations to come. What you have accomplished in 46 years is something that most of us may not achieve in the next 100 years of our lives. Well done and go well until we meet again.

  • Ntokozo Ngobese - 2013-05-20 11:52

    A stalwart gone too soon, he will be solely missed. His multilingualism was amazing, really loved watching him. A sad day for SA. May his soul RIP.

  • Lungi Gaika - 2013-05-20 11:53

    Condolences to his family , friends and colleagues . May his soul rest in peace.

  • Lesley Steele - 2013-05-20 11:54

    Condolences to Vuyo's family, he left too soon and we will miss him. Sharp sharp in heaven Vuyo.

  • Yvonne Lennert - 2013-05-20 12:22

    R.I.P. Vuyo. God will take care of your family. Will miss you ...SHAP, SHAP

  • Mmakgomo Mashego-Lebina - 2013-05-20 12:26

    RIP Mr Vuyo Mbuli,sharp sharp ,may you rest well in heaven,you wil be remembered for your lovely smile and your great personality,may God be with your family ,and may He give them teh strength they need. shap shap

  • Jeanette Bergoff Smith - 2013-05-20 12:29

    Feels like I've lost a close friend.

  • Chris Clark - 2013-05-20 12:35


  • Percy Morokane - 2013-05-20 12:40

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,friends and colleagues - past and present. He lives behind a rich legacy - that of being a true professional, a down-to-earth person and never-to-be-missed-in-the-mornings TV anchor. Coffee won't be so great without him on our screens in the mornings. But I hope that Leanne and the rest of the team continue where he left off and make Morning Live a great show. I interact with a lot of journalists as a media practitioner and Vuyo was one of them. He was an excellent journalist! RIP Vuyo.

  • Kholo Manyike - 2013-05-20 12:49

    May your soul rest in peace.SharpSharp

  • Siphamandla Mbatha - 2013-05-20 13:31

    Lala kahle Qhawe, uyibekile induku ebandla, sizokukhumbula Vuyo