Mbuli’s funeral gets under way

2013-05-24 12:33

Thousands of mourners, among them colleagues, friends, celebrities and politicians paid their last respects to SABC television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli at St John’s College in Houghton today.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka were among the mourners.

The crowd broke into song in a moving tribute to Mbuli with his favourite hymn, Jehovah Thel’umoya (Jesus, give us your spirit).

Mbuli’s uncle, speaking on behalf of family, delivered his tribute in Afrikaans and shared stories about the well-loved journalist and public speaker.

He told mourners that Vuyo was known by his relatives as “Charmers”.

His estranged wife Savita’s brother described Mbuli as a well-mannered gentleman from Soweto.

Radebe hailed Mbuli for his contribution to South Africa.

“Seldom has the passing away of a person brought all South Africa together,” Radebe said.

“We share the clan name of Mthimkulu, Bhungani,” he told mourners.

Radebe called Mbuli a true professional who shared the limelight with all those around him.

“Mbuli gave his life to his work. Not once was Vuyo late for his shift at Morning Live or SAfm. Not once was either show broadcast late because Vuyo was late or stuck in traffic. It’s safe to say he woke up at 4am every morning, and prepared for the show before broadcast. All the time, he was a true professional.”

He ended his eulogy with Mblui’s famous sign off: “Sharp sharp”.

The funeral continues with Premier of Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane and Communications Minister Dina Pule yet to speak.

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