VUYO Mbuli’s widow, Savita, is being protected by three bodyguards after a plot to kill her was revealed.
Family spokeswoman Rowena Baird told Sunday World that a man, who did not identify himself, called Mbuli on June 8 and confessed about the plan to “take her out”.
“An unknown man called Savita and told her that he was hired to kill her. He did not say who hired him,” says Baird.
Baird declined to discuss the matter further, save to say “their lives are being threatened”.
She says the family immediately went to the Norwood, Johannesburg, police station to open a case.
The alleged threats came a week after the widow told a Sunday newspaper that her late husband was seeing up to 18 girlfriends while they were separated.
Police spokesman Richard Munyai confirmed that a case of conspiracy to murder was opened at the station.
Munyai says no arrests have been made but investigations are continuing.
“Somebody from Durban called her and said he was hired to kill her. We are taking the matter seriously,” Munyai says.
Mbuli, who was the founding anchor of SABC2 breakfast show Morning Live and presenter on SAfm, died last month after collapsing while watching a Cheetahs rugby match live at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
He was with his young son at the time he collapsed.
A trained teacher, Mbuli made his television debut in 1993 for TSS, now SABC3, as a continuity presenter.
He worked his way through sports presenting to eventually become a news anchor.
He was a favourite with many viewers and listeners of his shows but his personal life was not always rosy.
He was caught with his pants down four years ago in another man’s house in the south of Joburg.
Pat Legwabe claimed he had found Mbuli in a bedroom with his fiancee Thabisa Nyamakazi.
In his statement to the police, Legwabe claimed that Mbuli hit him with a vase as he made to flee the scene.
In 2010, the Mbuli couple’s company Zazise Communications was sued for millions by the Airports Company of South Africa.
Last year, there were allegations that Mbuli reneged on an agreement to pay the Matlosana Council in North West a share of revenue from a billboard he managed through Zazise.
Earlier this month, staff members of Zazise threatened to march on Mbuli’s posh house in Houghton, northern Joburg, to demand that Savita pay their salaries as the two were married in community of property.
At the time of his death, Mbuli and Savita were back together after living separately for two years.
They had been married for 16 years.