Fans fuming over Mbuli funeral broadcast

2013-05-24 13:07
Johannesburg - Many fans of late TV and radio host Vuyo Mbuli who planned to tune in to his funeral on Friday have been left at a loose end as the SABC opted not to air the service live on TV.

The SABC instead streamed the funeral live on their Youtube channel. But many loyal Vuyo fans who do not have access to the devices and uncapped data needed to watch the funeral on Youtube are upset that they have been denied the opportunity.

"Exactly why couldn't @SABC2 show Vuyo Mbuli's memorial and funeral service live? I mean he was one of your own! #SMH," wrote @Leefiery on Twitter.

"They should have broadcasted the #VuyoMbuli 's funeral (sic)," wrote @Andile_Nogabu.

Calls to the SABC for comment went unanswered.

Official provincial funeral

The SABC announced that funeral would also be simulcast during live crossings on national radio station SAFM. The only live TV footage from the funeral was broadcast on Morning Live on Friday from 06:00-08:00.

The funeral, being held at St Johns College in Houghton, Johannesburg only officially started at 09:00. At the time of publishing, the funeral service was still underway.

The Gauteng government and Mbuli's long-time Morning Live colleague Leanne Manas confirmed on Thursday that he would be "buried a hero" and receive an official provincial funeral courtesy of the Gauteng province and Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Flags would also be flying at half mast at government buildings in his honour, Manas said.

The funeral is also being attended by friends, family and colleagues of the beloved broadcaster, including SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo, Morning Live reporter Peter Ndoro, former Miss SA and Top Billing presenter Basetsana Kumalo, Communications Minister Dina Pule, and Minister Jeff Radebe, who would speak at the funeral.

Mbuli will be buried at the West Park Cemetary in Johannesburg after the service on Friday.

Twitter has been flooded with annoyed Mbuli fans, asking the SABC why the funeral was not aired on TV:
Others were left wondering why Mbuli was getting a hero's send-off:


  • Mark Janse van Rensburg - 2013-05-24 13:18

    A funeral is a very personal matter, and should remain so. I'm sorry but such an event should not be broadcast or used as a publicity stunt. Goodness knows I would want the world to see my funeral!

  • Algoa Bay - 2013-05-24 13:23

    So we are left in no doubt that the SABC is a Government Department. Flags flying at half mast for a radio announcer...!!!

      Botha Rofras - 2013-05-24 14:36

      its on youtube and internet TV, what more do you want?

  • Paige Turner - 2013-05-24 13:28

    As popular as he was, he was a media personality ... and there are a good few hundred popular media personalities in this country who would not be given a "state" funeral with full broadcast. People seem to have lost all perspective about the death of one person. As as for flags flying at half-mast ... cry the beloved country for everyone who was murdered today and yesterday, cry for all the rape victims, cry for the abuse victims, cry for the poverty and corruption.

  • Phendulwa Myeki - 2013-05-24 13:31

    Can they atleast air the send off another tym

      Sheila Assur - 2013-05-24 23:53

      Would the SABC be showing a re-run of the funeral proceedings?

  • Punungwe - 2013-05-24 13:36

    Don't forget there are millions of other people who were not his fans and who probably would love to see their regular programmes.

      Cane Corso - 2013-05-24 14:50

      Ayebo. Just because someone doesn't like the oke now he's KKK. Damn you guys are so sensitive it actually stunts you mentally.

      Collins Ntelele - 2013-05-24 18:52

      Punungwe,is that the name of a humang being?

  • Mixo Machimana - 2013-05-24 13:54

    Rest in peace sharp sharp

  • Rhonda Janse van Vuuren - 2013-05-24 14:04

    I thought flags only flew half mast for statesmen or women not ordinary citizens

      Botha Rofras - 2013-05-24 14:36

      You thought wrong

      Algoa Bay - 2013-05-24 21:29

      Lets hope Leon Shuster gets the same treatment.....!!! All this commotion for a TV announcer, even Leon can't top this one....!!

      Elaine Johansen - 2013-05-24 23:37

      they should have made 2day a public holiday id say..wat u think..a little over da top....well he went over da top for every1

      Martin Kaschula - 2013-05-26 20:00

      Hey this is Africa,Zuma style

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-05-24 14:15

    Farewell to a great man RIP

      Lynette Jansen van Rensburg - 2013-05-24 16:40

      Indeed, what a great man he was R.I.P

  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-05-24 14:22

    A very lucky man to be loved by so many!! RIP Vuyo...

  • Jeannette Thomas - 2013-05-24 14:30

    Jeremy Maggs???I wouldn't compare him to Vuyo. He is very very irritating

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-24 14:48

    Hey the guy was fun. But flags at half mast!? Why not give him a full state funeral followed by a parade. I can see when Mandela passes they're going to tear down buildings and roit/party for a week. I would suggest they burn money as an offering on that day. Seems the style. Like burning beamers at tsotsi funerals. Really now...

      Algoa Bay - 2013-05-24 21:31

      Way to go Cane...!!! All this s&$t for an announcer on a third rate TV channel.....!!

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-05-24 14:57

    Remember him they way you saw him on Tv his happy face and sharp sharp. RIP Vuyo

  • Ako Gutshwa - 2013-05-24 15:51

    May his soul rest in peace

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-05-24 17:36

    How sad that funerals should be regarded as entertainment television.

  • Rinuz - 2013-05-25 08:27

    And when you are no more some will come to undress you, they will point out your flaws, they will say he was but just a man,nothing and no one extraordinary, to them you were just but to the ones you loved and lived with, you were everything. As you pass on through the valley of death remember this. Those who loved you will live on and remember your greatness, Those who despised you will live on and forget your name... You lived for the ones who loved you and that's what matters most. R.I.P Vuyo Mbuli.

      Winny Mamnguni Thusi - 2013-05-27 14:54

      Well said renuz and I just wish mbuli's wife to stay away from media and whatever people saying obvious wen u are no more people will talk nonsense cos u can't talk or answer back

  • Kgosigadi Mmabeta Pilane - 2013-05-25 17:01

    SABC has never been loyal to their own. I expect better from u Kaizer Kganyago. Shame on you. Vuyo belönged to South Africa, he served the nation. You should've let him do it once small. He really embarrased most of you in his death by showing you how much of motho wa batho he was. You owed it to him

  • del.pearson.98 - 2013-05-26 21:47

    Lets start a new channel just for funerals, seems some people would enjoy it.

  • Mario V Calcagni - 2013-05-28 21:05

    This was a good editorial choice from my perspective

  • Rob Coomber - 2013-05-30 12:38

    Vuyo voted DA.... ANC bosses would not want to promote such an educated person to the masses who did not vote ANC

  • Leon Pieterse - 2013-05-31 07:05

    Who cares? I don't!

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