Vuyo Mbuli’s widow lashes out

2013-05-26 10:00

Savita Mbuli slams Kuli Roberts and says husband asked for forgiveness

Vuyo Mbuli’s estranged wife has accused TV and radio presenter Kuli Roberts of being among 18 women her husband committed adultery with during their marriage.

Rumours erupted this week that Savita Mbuli and Morning Live presenter Mbuli’s current girlfriend, known only as Kim, argued before Mbuli’s funeral on Friday.

She’s also been accused of sidelining Kim while making funeral arrangements.

“The woman you are talking about was among the 18 girlfriends that Vuyo had,” Savita told City Press yesterday.

“She was not the only girlfriend. Kuli Roberts was also having an affair with my husband, so why didn’t I fight with her or why is she not complaining that I sidelined her?”

Savita claimed she discovered a barrage of “raunchy” SMS exchanges between Mbuli and Roberts.

“I found these SMSes on my husband’s cellphone, but I didn’t confront any of them because I knew where Vuyo’s heart lay.

“He loved me and I didn’t care because I know he was not a saint. He was just having fun.”

Roberts laughed off the claims, saying her relationship with Mbuli was platonic.

“I have no time for attention-seeking Savita. I think she is the one who sent me those SMSes from his cellphone. You know, on Saturday night I got an SMS from him saying ‘Hello how are you?’ And then suddenly the SMSes stopped coming. That man was too old to have a relationship with me.

“I can’t even remember the last time I saw him. I have not seen him the whole of last year and this year. We only communicated on Facebook or Twitter and I only did so when I needed advice from him.”

The Mbulis separated about two years ago after Vuyo was allegedly caught with his pants down. Savita moved out of their Houghton home and into a townhouse they owned in another suburb.

But Savita said the pair were on the verge of reconciling and that she moved back into their Houghton home in January at his request.

“Vuyo and I were living together with my children at the time of his death because he wanted to fix his marriage.

“(He) did not want to sign divorce papers because he loved me. Vuyo loved Savita. He was my husband, that is why I gave him the funeral that he got.”

Savita said that during the last conversation she had with Mbuli before he drove to Bloemfontein to watch rugby with their 13-year-old son last Saturday, he asked her to forgive him. “He said to me ‘Uxolo, thando’ (Forgive me, love).”

She denied rumours that she and Kim fought at the Bloemfontein Mediclinic, where Mbuli was pronounced dead on Saturday after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

“I only reprimanded the guy called Nxeba who drove to Bloemfontein with my husband and son because he disappeared and left my son alone immediately after Vuyo collapsed.

“I then confiscated my husband’s car keys from him because I found what he did was irresponsible.”

Attempts to reach Kim for comment were unsuccessful. Two independent sources told City Press she attended Mbuli’s funeral on Friday despite being ordered by Savita’s friends to stay away.

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