Vuyo Mbuli's wife: God had another plan

Cape Town – Vuyo Mbuli's wife Savita has taken to Twitter to share her sadness over her husband's sudden death, saying "we had our own plan but God had another one" for Vuyo.

Vuyo, the 46-year-old co-anchor of the SABC's flagship weekday breakfast show Morning Live on SABC2, died unexpectedly from a a pulmonary embolism on Saturday night after collapsing at the Cheetahs vs Reds Super rugby game in Bloemfontein.

His death shocked the nation, and especially his wife, who took to Twitter on Monday to share her grief: "I'm numb..still cannot believe you are no more Thando.."

She also posted a series of photos, one showing Vuyo sitting behind a steering wheel of a boat, with the following words: "You continued to smile Thando.. although inside you were dying. A smile I will always remember.. A fighter…you continued to fight until your last die…coming back twice before eventually giving up."

His death rocked the SABC where Mbuli was the face of the breakfast show for 13 years and left the crew devastated, with SABC personnel and South African viewers and listeners stunned.

Leanne Manas, his long-time co-presenter, told Morning Live viewers on Monday morning that she felt as if she'd lost her "morning husband".

Memorial service

The SABC announced on Wednesday that it wants South Africans to come and say goodbye to Vuyo at a memorial service that has been opened to public.

Vuyo Mbuli's public SABC memorial service will take place on Wednesday at 14:00 in the Renaissance Centre at the Auckland Park headquarters.

"We are calling on everyone who wants to be a part of the memorial on Wednesday to come over and let us share the moments and life of Vuyo Mbuli," the SABC said.

Tributes to Mbuli continue to stream in from places as far away as Botswana and the United Kingdom to America and even New Zealand.

Mbuli's funeral is set to take place on Friday, 24 May at St John's College in Houghton at 09:00.

rivalani.mabasa 2013/05/22 10:42:05 AM
Mintirho yona yi vulavurile. Etlela hi kurhula VM
blessing.khumalo.90 2013/05/22 11:07:54 AM
i am still shocked all i can say is may the spirit of the Lord be with you Mbuli family and the rest of south africa
Sydney Epstein 2013/05/22 11:33:24 AM
Vuyo, your greeting in various languages always made my morning.....and then it got better with your smile and "sharp, sharp". Millions will miss you. RIP.
Tim Mthimkhulu 2013/05/22 11:52:25 AM
divorced or not, thats a matter between the two of them. are you divorced?
fikile.mdhluli.7 2013/05/22 12:42:32 PM
he may be gonne but he"ll never b 4gotten.Rest In Peace.SHARP SHARP
Malaza Mosina 2013/05/22 12:49:45 PM
Comforting words!!
Janine Brown 2013/05/22 01:16:29 PM
It doesn't matter if he was divorced or seperated, or if his wife uses God to lean on in this tragedy. Vuyo is still gone and it is very obvious how many lives he touched, including mine and my 75 year old white, Christian mother in-law. God bless your soul Vuyo, and may He give comfort to all those who mourn your passing.
Thandeka Nomajwarha Teyise 2013/05/22 01:54:15 PM
Iintliziyo ziyopha zilijaja yaye zinobuhlungu obungenambaliso. May Vuyo's soul rest in peace. My prayers are with Savita, Thembinkosi and nentombi yakhe nabo bonke abahlobene nabo. Modimo Ntate oa kgotso abe lelona and remember that "There's time for everything... now it is time to let him go and be with his Creator. Thank you for being a mentor in my journalism and thank you for being yourself all the time whether we meet in the Eastern Cape, Joburg, Durban or in Cape Town you remained a brother. Regard Thandeka NomaJwarha Teyise former SABC and Health-e News - Health Journalist
Lover of things 2013/05/22 01:56:41 PM
this is so sad. I wonder if Vuyo knew that he was loved by so many people. as you always say "sharp sharp eita daar'- your big personality and all.
Maki Mmamaile 2013/05/22 02:38:29 PM
Rubala Ka Kgotso Mbuli.