Leanne Manas pays touching tribute to Vuyo Mbuli on anniversary of his death

By admin
18 May 2016

The dynamic duo were a regular part of the morning routines of people from all over SA – but their incredible co-hosting chemistry came to a tragic end three years ago.

Three years after the tragedy, it is Vuyo’s professionalism and sense of humour that Leanne misses the most. PHOTO: Dino Codevilla Three years after the tragedy, it is Vuyo’s professionalism and sense of humour that Leanne misses the most. PHOTO: Dino Codevilla

The dynamic duo were a regular part of the morning routines of people from all over SA – but their incredible co-hosting chemistry came to a tragic end three years ago today.

On 18 May 2013, SA was left devastated when Vuyo Mbuli suffered a heart attack and died. And his former Morning Live co-host Leanne Manas still can't believe he's gone. "You are missed everyday #3yearstoday," Leanne wrote in a touching tribute to her late friend on Instagram, captioning a photo of Vuyo.

You are missed everyday! #3yearstoday

A photo posted by Leanne Manas (@leannemanas) on

“Morning Live launched with Vuyo Mbuli and I joined the programme in 2004,” the anchor of the SABC2 show told YOU.

Plenty of people had told her working with Vuyo Mbuli wouldn't be easy -- he was painted as a tough guy to work with who had impossibly high standards, as well as being one of the most difficult characters to deal with.

But it couldn't have been further from the truth.

“From the first day that I worked with Vuyo I never experienced any of that. He was a pleasure to work with and he was welcoming of me,” Leanne says.

The 46-year-old collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein.

Tributes poured in from everyone including the president of the republic and Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu who both described his loss as a big shock to South Africa.

“It was one of the programme’s worst moments in history,” says Leanne.

“It was a very difficult process for the Morning Live team to get through, but as Vuyo used to say ‘the show must go on.’ We never tried to replace him as we knew those would be impossibly big shoes to fill.”

Theirs was the kind of partnership that surpassed the Morning Live set.

“We did everything together. We would even go into our contract negotiation meetings as a team, which management didn’t like, but we didn’t care,” Leanne laughs.

Three years after the tragedy, it is Vuyo’s professionalism and sense of humour that Leanne misses the most.

“He always had a joke or two to tell and he made everyone laugh. There was never a day that went by where I didn’t learn something from Vuyo.”

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