The Queen of the Ranges

Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

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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