Vuyo Mbuli’s widow shares her emotion on Twitter

2013-05-21 00:00

“WE had our own plan, but God had another plan for you.”

This was how Savita Mbuli, widow of the late Vuyo Mbuli (46), well-known television and radio host, tweeted last night from Bloemfontein.

Despite being estranged, the couple were reportedly close to each other in recent years.

Mbuli died on Saturday while watching the rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State stadium.

Savita tweeted several photos of her late husband.

To one photo, which shows Mbuli steering a motorboat, she added: “You continued smiling even though you had already died, a smile I will remember … a fighter … you continued fighting until your last breath, after you came back twice before you eventually gave up.”

Sister paper Volksblad has learnt that Mbuli probably died from a blood clot that entered his left lung. He was stabilised at the rugby stadium and taken to the emergency unit of Mediclinic Bloemfontein, where he died.

Savita was in Bloemfontein yesterday to identify her husband’s body.

Leanne Manas, Mbuli’s co-presenter of SABC’s Morning Live, paid an emotional tribute to Mbuli. She called him her “morning husband”. “He would bring me coffee and we would show each other photos of our children and discuss the news, as a normal family would.”

She praised him for his professionalism and said he would be playing cards the one moment and the next handling a difficult topic without a hitch.

Protea cricket player Wayne Parnell tweeted he grew up with Mbuli on the television.

“Sad to hear that Vuyo Mbuli is dead. I remember how I watched him as a boy on Morning Live before going to school,” Parnell tweeted.

The National Council of Provinces announced it will hold an oration in honour of Mbuli today, led by Communication Minister Dina Pule.

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