The Gauteng Provincial government has retracted earlier statements that it will give the late SABC TV and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli a provincial official funeral on Thursday.
In statement released on Thursday, the Provincial Government says it will honour the life and times of Mbuli by supporting the family with some of the funeral logistics. Parliament has joined the rest of South Africa in paying tribute to popular SABC radio talkshow host and television presenter Mbuli. In a joint statement signed by National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and NCOP Chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu, they've described Mbuli as a gentleman of South African Broadcasting. They say Mbuli was a voice of reason who displayed fairness and balance in news reporting.
Meanwhile, the SABC will be covering the funeral of the beloved Morning Live and SAFM Presenter, Mbuli. Morning Live will broadcast from St. Johns College in Houghton between 06:00- 08:00 am with live crossings. SAFM will also broadcast its 'Morning Talk' show (which Mbuli also presented) from live from 09:00-12:00, with crossings into the funeral. There will also be news coverage on television and radio bulletins.
The funeral will be streamed live on the SABC News website www.sabc.co.za/news. It will also be available via the SABC News YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/sabcdigitalnews. The shorter version of the URL for the SABC News You Tube channel is www.youtube.com/sabcnews. The stream will begin at 9am and last for the duration of the funeral.
Mbuli has been described as a man with a great sense of humour.
He collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium last weekend.
He died of what doctors are describing as a pulmonary embolism in a Bloemfontein hospital. Mbuli will be buried on Friday.