Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Gallo images
Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, television and radio presenter Criselda Kananda and actor Tumisho Masha were among local celebrities who expressed their shock at the sudden passing of Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli.
“I received the terrible text at 5.10am and I thought I was dreaming. A call at 7am was what woke me up to the reality. Vuyo was at school with my sister and I only knew him in later years but we become very good friends. I’m surely going to miss him and how he called me ‘Machaka’. I feel for Savita and the kids, they were really beautiful couple. We must appreciate and live to the fullest, because you never know when death will happen,” said Chaka Chaka
Motivational speaker and Metro FM presenter Criselda Kananda said: Metro FM “This is such a tragedy, Vuyo was not only mentor, when I started with my motivational speaking, he guided and he gave me a project to work with. He was such a humble soul and broadcaster of note. I listened when Minister Jeff Radebe said he was almost an icon, but to me he was already an icon.
He’s one of those of those people who made broadcasting look so easy. Whether it was live television, live crossing or a high level debate, Vuyo will execute with such wisdom and integrity. If we continue to lose people of such calibre we are going to remain with mediocrity.
More than anything, Kananda remembers him as a wonderful father to his children. “The love he had for his children was incredible. He’s one of those dads who will be there for his children sporting activities and if his children did something great he will brag about it.
Whenever any of children were asked who their role model was, they will proudly say “my dad”. We need more of those. It is such a loss for the local broadcasting industry. I haven’t spelt since ever since hearing about it.”
Afro jazz singer Sonti Mndebele said: “I always watch Morning Live and Weekend Live and this morning when I turned on the TV I screamed. I could not believe it. He interviewed me twice on Morning Live, the first time was in 2005 when I launched my album. He was such a nice person.
Morning news will never be the same again – we will never see that smile or hear ‘sharp sharp’ again the way he said it. My thoughts go out to his family.”
Masha said: “He was a great journalist. I don’t really have much to say right now because I’m still dealing with his unexpected passing, but he showed South Africa that anything is possible in the way he crossed over and did all the things he did.”