Mourners pack Auckland Park for Vuyo Mbuli’s memorial service

2013-05-23 00:00

THE SABC’s TV centre in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, was packed yesterday for popular broadcaster Vuyo Mbuli’s memorial service.

Mbuli (46) died of a pulmonary embolism after watching a rugby match in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Among those paying tribute to the popular Morning Live host were Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mbuli’s Morning Live co-host, Leanne Manas, told the service she had come through her hardest week and felt she had lost a big part of her life.

“Vuyo was one of the most beloved people in the country. He was an example of everything that is South African. He took me under his wing and allowed me to reach heights that I didn’t think possible,” Manas said.

Friends and colleagues said Mbuli, a child of Soweto, was an unpredictable and playful person, who sometimes amazed his producers when he started directing proceedings from behind the microphone.

He had learnt to speak Afrikaans as a child from family members, and was known for his use of phrases like “goeie genade”.

Thando Maseko, Morning Live’s executive producer, said “every blessed morning” Mbuli belted out a song at the top of his lungs.

“If I shushed him in irritation, he would say: ‘You are a sinner’,” she said.

Mbuli will be buried at the West Park Cemetery tomorrow.

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