SA mourns Vuyo Mbuli's death

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma, political parties and the broadcasting community expressed shock and sadness on Sunday at the death of SABC television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli.

The SABC reported that Mbuli, 46, collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

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

Zuma praised Mbuli's contribution and said his death was a loss to the nation.

"It is hard to think of a more patriotic and positive person than Vuyo," Zuma said in a statement.

"He was always cheerful and the whole nation will miss his smile and encouraging words.


"I wish to express, on behalf of government and the entire South African population, our words of condolence to the Mbuli family, friends and the SA Broadcasting Corporation."

Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula described Mbuli in a statement as a giant of the broadcasting industry.

"We have just buried Ephraim Nkwe, one of the voices that led the views of [SA Youth Congress] during the pre-Codesa negotiations, now another giant is gone."

On behalf of the sporting community, Mbalula extended condolence's to Mbuli's family.

"A true sportsman at heart, is gone... You ran your race, we appreciate your time in this lifetime. Rest in peace my dear brother, my friend."

The African National Congress Youth League in Limpopo also expressed its sadness at Mbuli's death.


"His provenance for the use of all languages found in our country to greet... Morning Live [guests and viewers] was an indication of togetherness and acknowledgement of the diverse realities of our country," spokesperson Klaas Mabunda said in a statement.

Earlier, the SABC expressed its shock and "great sadness" at Mbuli's death.

Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement that Mbuli, who was a Morning Live and SAFM presenter, had shown his dedication and loyalty to his job, as well as the South African public through his work.

"He was one of the first presenters on Morning Live, when it began to broadcast in November 1999 and he had maintained his position until his untimely death.

"This speaks volumes of the love that the public had for him, and the great talent and skill he possessed through his presenting and knowledge base."

Kganyago extended "deepest and heartfelt condolences" to Mbuli's loved ones on behalf of the SABC board, management and staff.

Working with him a pleasure

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said working with Mbuli was always a pleasure.

"Vuyo was always fair - always asking the questions in a way that gave you a chance to state your side.

"He personified what it meant to be a warm, engaging and tolerant South African.

"On behalf of the DA, I extend our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to his friends, family and colleagues at the SABC," Maimane said.

The Congress of the People echoed these sentiments.

Spokesperson Dennis Bloem described Mbuli as "a zealous newshound who stood for the truth in public interest and remained fiercely objective at all times".


Mbuli had served the South African public through his work as a probing reporter, who was never afraid to ask difficult questions.

The Azanian People’s Organisation said Mbuli would be sorely missed, particularly in the run up to the 2014 national general elections.

Spokesperson Funani ka Ntontela described Mbuli as a "shining, vibrant, seasoned and most celebrated talk show host".

The party also praised Mbuli's multilingualism, saying this skill gave him the ability to make a broad spectrum of guests on his talkshows feel at ease. ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu described Mbuli as "an outspoken linguist who took pride in celebrating the diversity of South Africa and its people".

He said: "For decades, Vuyo Mbuli has been a constant presence in South African homes, tackling various issues of national importance with wit, charm, respect and an all-embracing and inclusive manner.

Died too soon

The ANC also praised Mbuli's tireless efforts in promoting dialogue on various issues of relevance to South Africa's national discourse.

"As we remember him, it is one of his favourite phrases that today rings true - 'mintiro ya bula bula' - your work speaks for you."

The party extended its condolences to Mbuli's family, friends and colleagues.

"In this, the last time, his signature sign off - Sharp Sharp - came too soon and he will be sadly missed," Mthembu said.

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

IAnon Ym 2013/05/19 01:51:54 PM
Your cheerful personality will be missed Vuyo. Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues. RIP Vuyo ...
Liz 2013/05/19 01:56:29 PM
So JZ can make an instant comment when it suits him!
mica gogome 2013/05/19 01:58:54 PM
Eish,what a loss,still unbelievable,irreplaceable,life is too short.Unfair sometimes,bad things happens to good peeps.Oh Lord,have mercy on us.My condolences to the family.RIP.
Naome Mokeki 2013/05/19 02:00:53 PM
Soooo sad!I learnt zuma's name Gedlehlekisa frm u!sharp sharp!
Frans Mosia 2013/05/19 02:03:31 PM
RIP vuyo, his passing serves as a reminder to everyone reading this, that we are only visitors in this world.And how short life is.
Trevor Mashilo 2013/05/19 02:04:40 PM
Sharp Sharp Vuyo rest in peace!
Sekoto Justice Phetole 2013/05/19 02:09:16 PM
very sad yaha nee life is to short
Philemon Khantsi 2013/05/19 02:09:19 PM
Condolences to the Mbuli family, RSA has lost a mighty and very talented giant, may his soul rest in peace.
Riaz Hathey Photography 2013/05/19 02:12:09 PM
Just too sad!!! A unique and special human being, Gone too soon. Friday was your last "Sharp Sharp". I remember Leanne saying few weeks ago that Vuyo lost weight. Were those the signs?
Mr Bojangils 2013/05/19 02:16:05 PM
Hell Man I really enjoyed Vuyo. I'll tell you that is more of a loss than most people understand. Time will tell, Leanne must be desistated. Ghee... so am I.