Vuyo Mbuli’s widow lashes out

Vuyo Mbuli’s estranged wife has accused TV and radio presenter Kuli Roberts of being among 18 women her husband committed adultery with during their marriage.

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Rumours erupted last week that Savita Mbuli and Morning Live presenter Mbuli’s current girlfriend, known only as Kim, argued before Mbuli’s funeral on Friday.

She’s also been accused of sidelining Kim while making funeral arrangements.

“The woman you are talking about was among the 18 girlfriends that Vuyo had,” Savita told City Press on Saturday.

“She was not the only girlfriend. Kuli Roberts was also having an affair with my husband, so why didn’t I fight with her or why is she not complaining that I sidelined her?”

Savita claimed she discovered a barrage of “raunchy” SMS exchanges between Mbuli and Roberts.

“I found these SMSes on my husband’s cellphone, but I didn’t confront any of them because I knew where Vuyo’s heart lay.

“He loved me and I didn’t care because I know he was not a saint. He was just having fun.”

Reconciling

Roberts laughed off the claims, saying her relationship with Mbuli was platonic.

“I have no time for attention-seeking Savita. I think she is the one who sent me those SMSes from his cellphone. You know, on Saturday night I got an SMS from him saying ‘Hello how are you?’ And then suddenly the SMSes stopped coming. That man was too old to have a relationship with me.

“I can’t even remember the last time I saw him. I have not seen him the whole of last year and this year. We only communicated on Facebook or Twitter and I only did so when I needed advice from him.”

The Mbulis separated about two years ago after Vuyo was allegedly caught with his pants down. Savita moved out of their Houghton home and into a townhouse they owned in another suburb.

But Savita said the pair were on the verge of reconciling and that she moved back into their Houghton home in January at his request.

“Vuyo and I were living together with my children at the time of his death because he wanted to fix his marriage.

“[He] did not want to sign divorce papers because he loved me. Vuyo loved Savita. He was my husband, that is why I gave him the funeral that he got.”

Savita said that during the last conversation she had with Mbuli before he drove to Bloemfontein to watch rugby with their 13-year-old son last Saturday, he asked her to forgive him. “He said to me ‘Uxolo, thando’ [Forgive me, love].”

She denied rumours that she and Kim fought at the Bloemfontein Mediclinic, where Mbuli was pronounced dead on Saturday after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

“I only reprimanded the guy called Nxeba who drove to Bloemfontein with my husband and son because he disappeared and left my son alone immediately after Vuyo collapsed.

“I then confiscated my husband’s car keys from him because I found what he did was irresponsible.”

Attempts to reach Kim for comment were unsuccessful.

Two independent sources told City Press she attended Mbuli’s funeral on Friday despite being ordered by Savita’s friends to stay away.

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Mbulis appeal for peaceful mourning after Kuli Roberts’ tweet

The family of Vuyo Mbuli has pleaded with South Africans to afford them the opportunity to grieve for the late popular TV news anchor in dignity amid various reports of the newsman’s scandals coming out in the media.

Responding to the Twitter war between radio personality Kuli Roberts and Mbuli’s 13-year-old son, Sithenkosi, family spokesperson Rowena Baird said the family was in mourning “and is greatly aggrieved by the vitriolic attacks on them and the deceased from some quarters on social media”.

Part of Baird’s statement read: “The family of Vuyo Mbuli would like to thank South Africans for the outpouring of love and support that they have received after the death of their dearly departed husband and father.

“They would appreciate it if South Africans and the media would respect the cultural practices and traditions that they adhere to in recognition and respect for Vuyo Mbuli.”

Roberts first tweeted about Mbuli’s widow Savita after details emerged that City Press was going to run an article on her alleged affair with Mbuli.

Sithenkosi then came out with guns blazing on Twitter to defend his mother.

Roberts tweeted on Saturday evening that she was being accused by Savita of having had an affair with her late husband.

“What does one do besides laugh? I’ve just been called by City Press (be)cause Savita told (them) I was having an affair with Vuyo! Amen!”

The tweet prompted an angry response from Sithenkosi, who tweeted;

(PIC) A screen grab of Sithe Mbuli's tweets to Kuli Roberts

He did not stop there. He tweeted later, adding that Roberts should leave his mother alone and “deal with me” instead.

Twitter was abuzz with several people under the hashtag #teamSavita lambasting Roberts for not respecting the family in their time of mourning and some questioning why the son is allowed to continue his social network rant unsupervised.

Efforts to reach Roberts for comment were unsuccessful as she did not take calls or respond to SMSes for her side of the story.

 

State funeral for Vuyo Mbuli

RENOWNED radio and television presenter Vuyo Mbuli, who died on Saturday after a pulmonary embolism, will have a special official funeral on Friday.

Thebe Mohatle, spokesman for Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, said this means the flag will be flown at half-mast at government buildings on Friday, and Mbuli will be buried at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg where national heroes are buried.

“Members of the South African Police Service and some cabinet ministers will be present,” Mohatle said

Mbuli, 46, collapsed at the Bloemfontein Stadium during a Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

Son with Mbuli during collapse

TELEVISION presenter Vuyo Mbuli’s 13-year-old son watched as his father collapsed while they were at a rugby match in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Quick-thinking spectators took his son, Sithenkosi, away from the scene but, according to Mbuli family spokeswoman Rowena Baird, he had already seen enough to traumatise him.

Mbuli, who co-anchored Morning Live on SABC2 with Leanne Manas, died on Saturday night in Bloemfontein following a rugby match at the Free State Stadium between the Cheetahs and the Reds.

The 46-year-old father of two had gone with his son and a friend to watch the rugby match.

Paramedics rushed to his aid and he was transferred to Mediclinic Bloemfontein, where he later died.

At the hospital yesterday, Baird confirmed that the charismatic presenter, who also worked for SAfm, had passed away.

“Yes indeed he was rushed to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic,” Baird said.

“If I am not mistaken, he arrived after 9pm and passed away at 9.50pm.”

She said that as soon as the paramedics arrived at the stadium, they had desperately tried to save Mbuli’s life.

“From the stadium, the medics had been trying to resuscitate him until they arrived at the hospital,” she said.

Asked if Mbuli was still alive when he had arrived at the hospital, Baird said: “That’s correct.”

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago confirmed this, saying: “Mbuli was treated on the scene and taken to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic where he later died.”

Baird said funeral arrangements had not yet been made.

“It is still early, we haven’t made arrangements yet because we are still trying to find our feet.”

Mbuli, known for his trademark “Sharp Sharp” at the end of Morning Live, leaves behind his two children, Sithenkosi and 15-year-old daughter Siphosihle, and his estranged wife Savita.

“The family was very devastated,” Baird said.

Baird said the family was waiting for a postmortem to determine the cause of death.

Tributes poured in for Mbuli from shocked colleagues who were saddened by his sudden death.

Morning Live anchor Vuyo Mbuli dies

SABC television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli has died

Mbuli collapsed while watching a match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night, the SABC reported.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to the Mediclinic hospital in the city.

He was 46.

A family spokesperson told the broadcaster that the cause of death had not yet been determined.

The spokesperson requested that the family’s privacy be respected as they tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu described Mbuli as “an outspoken linguist who took pride in celebrating the diversity of South Africa and its people”.

Mthembu said: “For decades, Vuyo Mbuli has been a constant presence in South African homes, tackling various issues of national importance with wit, charm, respect and an all-embracing and inclusive manner.

“It was this ability to converse with and entertain all types of people that also made Mr Mbuli a sought after public speaker and master of ceremonies, jobs he would carry out with flair.”

The ANC also praised Mbuli’s tireless efforts in promoting dialogue on various issues of relevance to South Africa’s national discourse.

As such, his death was a loss to the broadcasting community, particularly the SABC.

“As we remember him, it is one of his favourite phrases that today rings true—’mintiro ya bula bula’—your work speaks for you.”

The party extended its condolences to Mbuli’s family, friends and colleagues.

“In this, the last time, his signature sign off—’Sharp Sharp’—came too soon and he will be sadly missed,” Mthembu said.

Earlier, the Young Communist League of SA expressed its shock and sadness, saying it would “miss his friendliness, fairness and being a very professional presenter”.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues at the SABC, and all the viewers of Morning Live,” said spokesperson Khaya Xaba.

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