MBULI GONE TOO SOON
Vuyo Mbuli, who was popularly known for presenting the breakfast show – Morning Live, collapsed and died at a Bloemfontein stadium on Saturday.
Catharsis condolences poured in as people expressed their sad feelings over the death of the lively presenter known for his catchy and positive phrases “sharp-sharp” and “ei tada”.
President Jacob Zuma said that the sudden death was not just a loss to his family and the SABC, but to the whole nation.
“Vuyo was loved by many because of his cheerful smile and positive spirits,” said Zuma in a statement.
On Monday morning, the SABC’s Morning Live was evidently not the same. Lee-Anne Manas, who has been co-presenting with Mbuli for nine years, couldn’t help but release her emotions live on air. Manas paid tribute to Mbuli and said that she can’t even begin to imagine how the morning show will be without Mbuli. Flowers were placed o the seat Mbuli usually occupied when presenting the breakfast show.
Different people expressed and cried out of the huge loss.
“It’s to have lost such an icon”, said Lilly Msimang, a producer at Eclipse TV.
“I remember his favourite phrase “mintiro ya bula bula” which translates “your work speaks for you”. What a loss,” said Ntuthuko Mtshali, an independent film director.
Ramona Kasavan of East Coast Radio, explained that Mbuli was a humorous being who was always calm and treated everyone equally.
“As media personality, I grew up watching Vuyo Mbuli. He was part of my morning and his passion for journalism lied with his need to promote the truth,” said Kasava.
She continued to say that the friendly banner between Mbuli and Lee-Anne showed real media and a real person even through the silver screen.
Social networks buzzed with mixed emotions, some celebrating Mbuli’s legacy and some shocked by the sudden death.
“Talks amongst angels in heaven are about to get interesting – a well read journalist is en route and he has much to say about earth. RIP Vuyo,” said YFM’s Dineo Ranaka in a tweet.
Mbuli will be missed by many, his laughter and his bubbly character. His legacy lives on.