Somizi Mhlongo and family following the death of his mother veteran actress Mary Twala!t’s a sad day in South Africa as celebrities and the likes send condolences to
Mary Twala (80) died on Saturday at Parklane Private Hospital in Johannesburg.
“We have lost a unique talent and an endearing human being whose performances brought to life the meaning of being South African and appealed to South Africans of all generations. We will miss her dearly. #RIPMaryTwala,” President Cyril Ramaphosa – July 4, 2020, at 17:43 (CAT).
Mary Twala was also among the senior citizens’ South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed with the 2019 National Orders Awards.
“My tree has fallen… lala Ma,” said Somizi Mhlongo when confirming that his mother on Saturday.
Somizi confirmed that Mary Twala died “peacefully” around 11:00 (CAT) at Parklane Private Hospital in Joburg.
“Where does one even begin, you were a mother to your children but we all felt your warmth and love from near or far. This industry has lost a giant, you ran your race and what a race it was! The beauty of a tree as strong as you were, is you are rooted in our ?,” wrote gospel singer Dr. Rebecca Malope.
Veteran television host, Felicia Mabuza remembered seeing Mary Twala in action in Gibson Kente’s famous show, Sikhalo in the early 70s, where she and her late husband Ndaba Mhlongo starred in.
“RIP Mary Twala Mhlongo. Remember seeing you in action in Gibson Kente’s famous show, Sikhalo, in the early 70s, where you & your husband Ndaba Mhlongo starred in, with greats like Busi Mhlongo, Kenny Majozi, Zakithi Khumalo, and Gusta Mguni, etc. You’re now joining the cast in heaven,” wrote Felicia Mabuza retweeting MGOSI.co.za as the story broke.
Mary Twala ? #RIPMaryTwala… deepest condolences to you brother @somizi. May her soul rest in perfect and eternal peace! Her impact on our screens was thorough, complete, and indisputably legendary,” wrote Economic Freedom Fighter’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
“Africa’s Leading Lady has taken her bow. Siyabonga for sharing your talent with us. Ulale ngoxolo Mama. Condolences to the family and friends. #RIPMaryTwala,” said television producer Portia Gumede.
“A South African icon, a gift to the arts and the world, an inspiration to many of us and an amazing entertainer, my deepest condolences to the family, uThixo anithuthuzele,” said The Queen actor Vuyolwethu Ngcukana.
“My deepest condolences Somizi! Losing a mother is the worst pain one can ever experience, I know this pain very well! May she rest in power and forever be remembered as an Icon,” said Lasizwe Dambuza.
On Sunday morning messages of condolences were still pouring in from all South Africans…