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President Jacob Zuma
It is hard to think of a more patriotic and positive person than Vuyo. He was always cheerful and the whole nation will miss his smile and encouraging words.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
With a gentle and genteel style, perfectly suited to morning TV and radio, his was for many the first and most trusted analysis of the daily news.
Limpopo ANC Youth League
The world and the nation (have been) deprived of an open-minded personality.
DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane
He was such a warm and respectful person – always fair – always asking the questions in a way that gave you a chance to state your side. He personified what it meant to be a warm, engaging and tolerant South African.
He served the community as a zealous news hound who stood for the truth in public interest and remained fiercely objective at all times. He was never afraid to ask difficult questions.
As we remember him, it is one of his favourite phrases that today rings true – “mintiro ya bula bula” (your work [creating dialogue over many years] speaks for you).
His catch phrases, such as “ligamenxe les’khombisa” (it’s 7 o’clock!”, or “Umphongolo we (a barrel of) Brent crude oil” will be solely missed.
His signature sign-off ‘Sharp, Sharp!’ came too soon.
Gareth Cliff @GarethCliff: RIP Vuyo Mbuli. How awful that you should be gone at the prime of your life and career. Surely a loss to all. (Retweeted 649 times)
Fana L Mokoena @fanamokoena: The comfortable working relationship between Leanne Manas and Vuyo Mbuli is what made Morning Live. It will be hard to watch now.
LIRA @Miss_LIRA: Back in SA, shocked to hear the sad news of Vuyo Mbuli’s passing…
Lead SA @lead_sa: RIP Vuyo Mbuli. You made sure we started our mornings on the right note.
Nazir Ahmed Osman @nazirhome: You never knew me but I knew you. We will miss you. Hamba kahle Vuyo Mbuli.
Noluvuyo Landzela @Chomiser: Death be not Proud! Damn i hate this! R.I.P bra-V. I remember you saying “mintiro ya bula bula”.