SA’s bodyguard to the stars

By Drum Digital
21 July 2010

HE'S built like an ox, can bench-press 220 kg and is the kind of guy even hardened criminals are likely to steer clear of.

So it should come as no surprise to hear he's the go-to person for the rich and famous when they come to our shores.

Chris Muluvhu is willing to put that burly body of his in the line of danger to protect his charges and has built up quite a reputation for himself.

He has protected and escorted some of the world's most celebrated stars, including rapper Busta Rhymes, musicians Usher, Ja Rule, Kelly Rowland, 50 Cent and Irish pop band Westlife.

He's also looked after actor Will Smith and was a member of the 2010 World Cup VIP Protection Unit, accompanying business bigwigs, government leaders and royalty to high-profile events.

One of the finest moments in the beefy 34-year-old's career happened during the World Cup when he stood waiting for Argentinean VIPs at the Crown Plaza Hotel Inn in Rosebank, Joburg.

Suddenly there was commotion in the foyer and out of the lift stepped his childhood hero, legendary player-turned-coach Diego Maradona.

"I was blown away. I gasped and tried not to smile because as a bodyguard you always have to look tough. No smiles or sweet words, just a scowl, grunt, curse and shove," he says with a grin.

Chris spent nearly two weeks of the World Cup as bodyguard to Grammy awardwinning musician Steve Jordan, who has worked with the lofty likes of Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones.

Read the full article in the Drum of 29 July 2010

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