TOUCHING: The death of radio and TV personality Vuyo Mbuli has terribly affected friends and colleagues, more so at SABC2’s Morning Live breakfast show. Picture: Gallo Images
“Where is my son? Where is my son? I am dying. I am going to die.”
These were SABC TV and radio news anchor Vuyo Mbuli’s last words before he died at the weekend.
Mbuli’s weeping spokesperson Rowena Baird was speaking on SAfm radio on Monday.
He died on Saturday after collapsing during a Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium with his son Sithenkosi, 13. Mbuli was treated at the scene before being taken to the Mediclinic Hospital in Bloemfontein.
A memorial service will be held at the SABC on Wednesday and his funeral service will be held on Friday. Mbuli’s co- presenter Leanne Manas also paid homage to her late colleague on Morning Live on Monday.
Manas, who has been devastated by Mbuli’s death, described him as a brilliant and wonderful person to work with.
“We clicked, we never had any arguments. We understood each other. He was brilliant. We helped each other. He helped me. It feels like I’ve lost my morning husband. He loved from his heart. It’s so sad,” Manas said. She broke down and cried on camera at the start of the programme yesterday.
Gauteng sports and arts MEC Lebogang Maile also paid tribute to Mbuli. “The country has lost a great icon that stood for the truth and asked probing questions in the quest to defend the public’s right to know. He had an undying passion for the development of sports and arts. Mbuli was not only an avid sports fan but also led an active sporting life, representing the Gauteng province in major marathons including the Comrades Marathon,” he said.
– Additional reporting by Sapa