Vuyo Mbuli - Gone too soon

By Drum Digital
25 May 2013

Remembering Mzansi’s legend, father, husband and friend. His encouraging words will forever reign in our minds

GRIEF-stricken family members and close friends arrive in their droves to pay their respects at the Houghton, Johannesburg, home of a family in mourning. Shaken and shocked, they huddle in groups, their faces mirrors of disbelief as they try to digest the sudden death of television and radio journalist Vuyo Mbuli.

As they extend their condolences to his widow, Savita, their 13-year-old son Sithenkosi throws a rugby ball around listlessly in the garden as if he’s trying to block out the commotion at his home.

Sithenkosi is clearly still in shock. Just 24 hours earlier he and his father had attended the Cheetahs Super Rugby game against the Reds at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

His last tweet, “8mins gone in 2nd half. 21-6. Cheetahs lead.”

Minutes later Vuyo collapsed to the ground with severe chest pains.

Mbuli family spokesperson, former journalist and close family friend Rowena Baird describes what happened: “It was 10 minutes into the second half when Vuyo got up from his seat in the presidential suite and walked unsteadily, as if he was losing his balance. He took off his jacket, complaining of severe chest pain, saying he was very hot,” she says. “Somebody caught him and lowered him to the floor.”

Vuyo, who was drifting in and out of consciousness at this stage, asked those helping him, “Where is my son? Where is he? I am dying, I am going to die.”

Vuyo was resuscitated at the scene by two doctors before being rushed to a local Medi-Clinic hospital, where he died.

Meanwhile Rowena, Savita and her daughter Siphosihle (15) drove from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein.

“We drove as fast as we could and we got to the hospital at about 1.30 am on Sunday morning,” Rowena says.

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