Thousands mourn the death of brave and unpredictable Vuyo Mbuli

By Drum Digital
23 May 2013

THOUSANDS of fans, colleagues, friends and family members gathered at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) headquarters in Auckland Park on Wednesday to mourn the death of veteran TV and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli.

SABC’s Renaissance Centre ran out of seats as thousands flocked in to pay their last respects to 46-year-old Vuyo, who died of pulmonary embolism on Saturday 18 May in Bloemfontein.

Vuyo, a respected journalist, joined the media industry in 1993. He was praised by colleagues and friends for his sense of humour, smart dress  sense and wit.

“Vuyo was brave and unpredictable, ” said Morning Live executive producer Nothando Maseko.

SAFM station manager Dennis O’Donnel remembered him as a humble professional. “Vuyo was as comfortable talking to the average man on the street as he was talking to a president or royalty, ” O’Donnel said.

SABC 2 general manager Bessie Tugwana described him as a “very charming and handsome ” colleague with a good sense of humour. African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, struggle icon Winnie MadikizelaMandela, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi were among the dignitaries present.

A recent news report quoted the Gauteng Premier’s Office as saying that Vuyo will be given a state funeral on Friday 24 May. He will be buried at the West Park cemetery in Johannesburg where national heroes are laid to rest.

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