Kuli Roberts will be missed by all in the entertainment industry

THE CAUSE of death of Kuli Roberts is still unknown.

Born Nomakuli, the famed former entertainment editor is reported to have died on Wednesday night after she collapsed while getting ready to do a live radio crossover.

“She just collapsed and never woke up,” an unnamed friend told a local publication.

She was also an actress, known for iNkaba, Dancing with the Stars and The Isidingo Talent Search presenter.

Before her death, she had joined a political party ATM for only a short stint.

A family statement read:  It is with profound regret and sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our dear daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt Nomakula ‘Kuli’ Roberts (49).

She sadly passed away in Johannesburg.

Affectionately known and loved by her friends, family, and the South African entertainment industry at large, Kuli Roberts was an all-round media personality who was always the life of any gathering.

Her love for family, friends, work and very importantly her community is well known. 

Kuli leaves behind her two children, her beloved grandchild, her parents and three siblings.

We humbly request that you respect our need for privacy, as we go through this difficult period of grieving and healing. We ask that you please keep us in your prayers. 

The Roberts and Mboya family are deeply thankful for all the countless personal messages of love and support received thus far. These are appreciated.

The details of her memorial and funeral will be confirmed in due course.

With much love and thanks, the Roberts and Mboya family…”

I came to know Kuli while freelancing for Sunday World, and yes she was bubbly and free spirited.

Whenever we had to prepare a copy for Shwashwi, in the editorial room, Kuli, in her signature behaviour would walk bare-foot. And until this day, I haven’t asked why?

Her and Sonia Motaung would always fight for a front page. Those two kept the office alive and only the late Andrew Molefe (assignment editor) and Mduduzi Dlamini would put them to their places, if necessary.

Terry Tselane- former IEC boss once told me to deliver the message to her that “I love her work”.

Rest well Kuli- you have ran your race.

Image (Kuli Roberts will be missed by all and sundry in the entertainment sector).

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