The Queen of the Ranges
SOCIALITE Uyanda Mbuli appears to have a penchant for luxury SUV Range Rover Sports.
Neighbours of hers at the upmarket Kyalami Estate in Midrand have reported seeing her several times in a Range Rover owned and driven by veteran Bidvest Wits striker Benjamin “Benjani ” Mwaruwari. Sunday World reported early last year that Mbuli was spotted in Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla ’ s black Range, but both parties denied that they were dating. Makwetla vehemently denied allegations he and the fashion icon were romantically linked,
saying he was merely helping Mbuli when she was having car problems.
Later in the year, Mbuli ’ s love life was speculated about again as she was spotted cruising in a Mercedes-Benz SLK owned by businessman Mukhethwa Mulaudzi.
At the time of the sightings, Mbuli and her husband, Sisa, were locked in a court battle in which she was demanding thousands in maintenance.
Now, neighbours say Mbuli (36) and Mwaruwari (35) freely drive in and out of the complex in his bronze Range.
Sunday World has seen two pictures showing Mbuli in Benjani ’ s big machine.
“A lot of people have seen them together around the area. Benjani ’ s wife is aware, but she is still sticking around,” said one neighbour.
Mbuli and Mwaruwari ’ s relationship was likened to the 1990s song Ubab ’ Ujola eNext Door, which featured Brenda Fassie ’ s son Bongani and Sello “Chicco ” Twala ’ s son Longwe, because Mbuli is still living with her estranged husband in the estate.
“Mwaruwari does not only live here, he owns two other properties in the complex and we hear he bought more real estate in the new development across the road called the Waterfall.
“He is loaded, that is why Uyanda does not have a care in the world about what people say,” said another neighbour.
Mbuli, who used to own a fashion boutique in Rosebank, said: “People must stop this obsession about who I ’ m dating. I know Benjamin very well because we live in the same estate. I can even call him any time because we ’ ve known each other for ages.
“But I can assure you that we are nothing but friends. Give me a break. I mean, the guy is married. Why would I get involved with a married man? That is crazy.”
Mwaruwari denies he is having an affair with Mbuli.
“I ’ m sure I was giving her a lift or something when those pictures were taken. She is my neighbour, so I don ’ t think it ’ s surprising that she is sometimes in my car,” says the ex-Manchester City player.
Sisa could not be reached for comment.
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