Kuli Roberts was laid to rest on 17 February. Images via Twitter @zikhonatshona.

Kuli Roberts’ children pay powerful tribute to their ‘fighter’ mom [watch]

Thembela and Leaun Roberts paid tribute to their mom, Kuli Roberts, at the popular media personality’s funeral service on 17 February.


Kuli Roberts was laid to rest on 17 February. Images via Twitter @zikhonatshona.

Media personality Nomakula “Kuli” Cynthia Roberts was laid to rest today (17 February) in an intimate ceremony in Johannesburg. 

The popular journalist, TV presenter and radio host passed away on 9 February.


Kuli Roberts’ children, Thembela and Leaun Roberts, shared a tearful and heartfelt tribute to her as she was laid to rest. The former Trending SA host reportedly suffered a seizure and collapsed on the set of a new television show, titled Heavy Hitters.

Kuli’s son, Leaun, spoke about her career and the person she was.

“My mother was the woman who shaped my sister and I into the adults we are today. And she was the most important person in the world to us,” he said.

“My mother was never just an actor or a presenter, my mother was never just a columnist. (She) was never just an editor. After my mother’s memorial yesterday, I couldn’t help but be full to the brim with joy,” he continued. 

Leaun then went on to celebrate her life in his tribute.

“Hearing everyone say such beautiful things about her while discussing their relationships and experiences with my mom, it just felt like a key being turned inside of me.

“Allow me to, one, accept the tragedy that has occurred. Two, celebrate her life and the time we were able to spend with her. And three, I was able to understand that many, many other stories exist that more or less revolve around mom and her Spider-Man suit,” he added.

 In this file photo, Kuli Roberts poses in her Spider-Man suit at the 9th Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards at Gold Reef City on 7 September 2019 in Johannesburg. Image: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

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Kuli’s daughter, Thembela, described her as someone who always fought for what she wanted. 

“She was a fighter, she always fought for what she wanted and would never settle for anything less. She always knew what she wanted for herself, but more importantly for my brother and I,” said Thembela. 

She went on to point out that her mom’s work ethic and selflessness were two qualities that stood out for her.

“There are countless qualities of my mother that I will always remember. But the two that will always stand out for me the most was her hard work ethic as most of you would know and her selflessness,” she continued. 

Watch the funeral service below

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