Last updated on Jul 6th, 2020 at 09:33 am

South Africans mourned the loss of iconic South African actress, Mary Twala on Saturday. She died aged, 80, but details of her death have not been made public

Her son, Somizi Mhlongo, announced her passing in a moving Twitter post. Mhlongo said his mother died on what would have been his late father’s birthday.

“Today’s my late father’s birthday…..and my mom decided to respond to his call to join him in heaven…..THE TREE HAS FALLEN…

“I’m shattered to the core…..but I’d be very selfish if I dont release her….my mom lived to the fullest….achieved beyond her dreams….its hurts like hell…..I wont lie…..a day without her calling to either say I love u or give me money…….thank u south africa for loving the phenomenal super star that is my mother…….she left us peacefully around 11am at parklane pvt hospital as I was on my way to drop off her gown and a few minutes earlier the dr called to say come shes up and jolly now…..I arrived a few mon late……LALA MA……”


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A true legend

Amongst her many accolades, Mary Twala starred in Ubizo: The Calling, and also appeared in a number of other South African productions including Generations. She was nominated for best supporting actress at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role as Ma Dolly in Hopeville. She also played the role of Sarafina’s grandmother in the 1992 musical drama film Sarafina!.

In 2019 she was honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to performing arts in the country.

Fans paid tribute to the South African legend, on Saturday. #RIPMaryTwala was trending on Twitter:


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Probably my most favourite actor to have ever worked with. I’d never let @somizi forget it. A woman so strong and so humble it wasn’t hard to fall in love with her or her work… and most definitely her children… To all of Mam’ Mary’s children… I can’t emphasize how highly she spoke of you. How much she loved her family and friends. To every problem “ngizofonela uSomizi.” This news is heartbreaking but no one deserves to be celebrated more than this giant in our industry. To her family and closest friends… we mourn with you and we could never understand but we hope to find a way to comfort you during this hard time. Alale ngok’thula uMama anethise izibusiso zangunaphakade kuni nezizukulwane zakhe zonke. Idlozi elihle. Rest in Power Ndlovukazi. @somizi I hope your words heal you and those most hurt by this tragedy. You are strong enough to carry the torch and bring light to those around you the way she did and more.

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