SA mourns Vuyo Mbuli's passing

Political parties and members of the broadcasting community describe Mbuli as a true SA patriot.

The late TV and radio presenter, Vuyo Mbuli. Picture: SABC.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country continues to mourn the passing of radio and television personality Vuyo Mbuli the presidency, political parties and the broadcasting community have described him as a versatile media personality, a patriot and a true believer in the ideals of South Africa.

His co presenter Leanne Manas took to her Twitter page on Sunday afternoon and described how devastated she was after learning of his death.

She said her and Mbuli created magic together for two hours every morning for nine years.

The 46-year-old collapsed while watching a rugby match in at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday shortly after posting an update on Twitter on the rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds.

While the cause of his death hasn't been confirmed yet it's believed he may have suffered a heart attack.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s Kaizer Kganyago said, "He was a passionate man who loved his job. He really is someone we will miss a lot."

Kganyago said he remembered Mbuli as a colleague who was loyal to his job and the South African public through his work.

Meanwhile, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said they will always remember Mbuli as a hardworking, dedicated person with an ability to keep calm under pressure.

Sanef's Makhudu Sefara said Mbuli's passing will leave a big void in the journalism industry.

"He has been a very good ambassador for both radio and television journalism and journalism will be poorer without him."

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the passing of television and radio personality Vuyo Mbuli will leave a big hole in the hearts of many South African's.