Somizi Mhlongo’s mother, a Veteran South African actress Mary Twala has died at age 80.
This was announced by her son Somizi on social media platforms. Making the announcement Somizi said his mother died on Saturday, July 4 at Netcare Park Lane Private Hospital at 11am. He said he was saddened and overwhelmed by her death as she passed on on 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 don’t release her”
“My mom lived to the fullest, achieved beyond her dreams. It hurts like hell, I won’t lie. A day without her calling to either say I love you or give me money,” Somizi said
Taking to social media, Somizi also shared a touching tribute on his Instagram post which read: “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 don’t release her, my mom lived to the fullest achieved beyond her dreams its hurts like hell I won’t 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”.
Twala has been a prominent fixture in the local entertainment scene having starred in local films and television shows.
Starring the first season of the popular soapie “Generations” as a guest star, also starring in “Ubizo: The Calling” and her iconic role as Ma Dolly in “Hopeville” which saw her get nominated for best supporting actress at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. She also starred alongside her son in the “Sarafina!” in 1992. Recently Twala starred in “Beyond the River” and “The Imposter”.