Widow tells of Vuyo’s last promise to reconcile

2013-05-25 00:00

“YOU said you would be a better person, a better husband to me and a better father. There were so many promises in the last few weeks. But I believe you will fulfil them in our next life.”

These were the heartbreaking words of TV presenter Vuyo Mbuli’s estranged wife at his funeral yesterday.

Savita Mbuli spoke frankly about the couple’s marital problems and recent reconciliation.

“The day you died, I was glad it happened with your family around you. You were busy doing the things you loved. In your last hours, you watched your son play soccer, went shopping with your ‘princess’ and watched rugby.

“Your last words, ‘Where is my son, I’m dying’, reminded me what a good man you are.”

The funeral of the Morning Live presenter was held in a marquee at St John’s College, Houghton.

He was later laid to rest in Heroes’ Acre at Johannesburg’s West Park cemetery alongside former cabinet minister Sicelo Shiceka; diplomat Mlungisi Sisulu, the grandson of struggle hero Walter Sisulu; and Kate Mantsho Zuma, the president’s wife.

Mbuli’s teenage son, Sithenkosi, wore a pink-striped bowtie, like the one his father wore for his last broadcast.

Sithenkosi said during the service that his dad was a “lovely” man, who liked to get up early and watch him play soccer.

He told mourners about the last day he spent with his father — telling jokes, and of the final moments in a Bloemfontein hospital as doctors tried to save him after a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs).

Several high-profile people attended, including ministers Dina Pule, Jeff Radebe, Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and Aaron Motsoaledi, as well as former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

About 1 000 people were present, and the broadcaster’s trademark sign-off “sharp-sharp” echoed many times. The SA Police Service and Metro police controlled the crowds.

Those not at the event could watch YouTube clips uploaded by the SABC as the service was not broadcast, which drew complaints on social networks.

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