Mbuli laid to rest

Vuyo Mbuli's tombstone at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN
Hundreds of people attended well known tv and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli's funeral service in Johannesburg on Friday. EWN's Themba Boyi reports.
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JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli was laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery.
 
The 46-year-old Morning Live and SAfm presenter collapsed while watching a rugby match in Bloemfontein on Saturday night.
 
He was stabilised and rushed to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic where doctors pronounced him dead.

Mbuli died of pulmonary embolism.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to the late television and radio presenter at a funeral service in Houghton.

Mbuli’s co-host on Morning Live, Leanne Manas, remembered him as a dedicated family man, a wonderful friend and an excellent broadcaster.

The late presenter’s uncle, Jeff Moagi, spoke of his fondness of interacting with people from all walks of life.

A choir started the service with a medley of church hymns followed by prayers.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe spoke fondly of Mbuli and how his passing would help other South Africans.

“Vuyo’s sad and sudden departure will ironically promote the health consciousness of our nation. His passing was tragic but it has opened the eyes of many South Africans to a condition less talked about in informal and non-medical circles.”

On Wednesday the SABC held a memorial service for Mbuli, where members of the public were invited.

He was described as one of the most loved broadcasters in the country's history whose passing has left a gaping hole in the hearts of South Africans.

Mbuli was best known for his unique greetings and his catchphrase "Sharp, sharp".

He is survived by his wife and two children.