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SAHRC message of condolence on the passing on of SABC veteran Presenter and Journalist Vuyo Mbuli

The South African Human Rights Commission has learnt with shock and sadness of the sudden tragic passing on of Vuyo Mbuli, a veteran journalist and a world renowned TV and Radio Presenter in the South African Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday the 19th of May 2013.  

Just a week ago (14th May 2013), Mr Mbuli hosted SAHRC Chair Adv. Lawrence Mushwana on Morning Live following on the latter’s inauguration as the Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of human rights. Little did we know that when he shook a hand with Advocate Mushwana, congratulating him and the Commission for assuming this prestigious international position was to be his last live interaction with the Commission with which he has fondly worked with over a long period of time.  
Typical of his sterling humility and patriotism he extended his congratulations to the Commission on behalf of himself and his colleagues and South African Broadcasting Cooperation.

Always cheerful with a welcoming smile when he invited and walked his guests to the seat across the studio for interviews, Mr Mbuli never missed a chance to crack a joke off-camera at the end of interviews. He joked with Adv. Mushwana after the interview, saying one of his first duties as head of the international human rights body should be to find an acronym for the Geneva-based rights organization offering to assist in this task!

“Something as simple, like SABC,” Mr Mbuli quipped.

While the media has lost a legend, his journalistic integrity will always remain an integral part of his legacy. Until his last day, Mr Mbuli remained a multilingual, multi-skilled professional who fiercely shaped South African conversations, and represented true, fearless journalism.

To the family, friends and colleagues, no words can fully express the level and extent of our sorrow for the loss of your loved one. As the SAHRC, we express and extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family of Vuyo Mbuli; his friends and relatives and his extended family, the SABC and his colleagues.

To the media and journalism fraternity, and indeed the rest of the country, Mr Mbuli has left a legacy and a daring call for each one of us: “ Mintirho Ya vula vula” (Deeds speaks)




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