Cracks in the house of Mbuli

2013-08-25 14:00

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Vuyo Mbuli’s wife in family feud after sister-in-law snubs cleansing ceremony.

All is not well in the family of late TV star Vuyo Mbuli after his sister failed to attend a family cleansing ceremony last weekend.

In an apparent snub, Nelisiwe Mbuli, who works in the office of the group chief executive of the SABC, did not attend the ritual held at the Mbulis’ multimillion-rand Houghton home last Sunday morning.

During the ceremony, the Mbulis and Vuyo’s wife Savita performed rituals to cleanse her and rid the family of any bad omens his death may have brought them.

The ritual also marks the end of their mourning period.

Savita was married to the late SABC2 Morning Live presenter, who died of a pulmonary embolism after collapsing at a rugby match in Bloemfontein three months ago.

In accordance with African custom, Savita has been wearing mourning clothes since his death.

But City Press understands that Nelisiwe Mbuli was opposed to her parents organising a ceremony for Savita.

Two independent sources confirmed that she told her parents not to organise the ritual because she did not recognise Savita as their daughter-in-law.

The Mbulis separated about two years ago. Savita moved into the couple’s townhouse in Randburg, while Vuyo remained in their Houghton home with their two children.

Shortly before his death, Savita moved back into their marital home. And after she was widowed, Savita told City Press that she and Vuyo were on the verge of reconciling when he died.

But friends of the family say Nelisiwe remained adamant that Savita was no longer their makoti (daughter-in-law).

“She actually said that she was against the whole thing of allowing (Savita) to wear the (mourning) clothes in the first place because they were no longer together when Vuyo died,” said one.

Another insider close to both Savita and Nelisiwe said the family was split over the matter.

“(Nelisiwe) has indicated that there is no cooperation between Savita and her family. It was quite clear that she was unhappy with the whole thing,” the insider said.

City Press went to the ceremony on Sunday but was ushered into the garden, away from where the ceremony was held inside the house.

Outside, Mbuli family spokesperson Canon Noyana confirmed that Nelisiwe did not attend the ceremony, but denied that there was any family feud.

“She is not here but all the Mbuli elders including Vuyo’s mother and father are here, but there is no dispute,” he said.

Noyana said the ceremony was performed to give Savita freedom to do as she wants with her life.

“That means she can go to the malls and she can be seen by people,” he said.

Savita’s younger brother, Ramon Dual, said they were expecting Nelisiwe to attend the event. But he confirmed on Wednesday that she was not there.

Nelisiwe refused to comment, saying: “I don’t want to comment. Not again.”

Savita also refused to comment on Thursday and referred us back to her brother.

“I’m not talking. Do you want to talk to my brother? Please speak to him,” she said.

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