Somizi’s mother veteran actress Mary Twala has died at 80

Mary Twala

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Legendary South African actress Mary Twala has died at the age of 80.

Details surrounding Twala’s death are still unclear, but news of her passing was revealed.

The icon has featured in several local productions, including the very first season of Generations.

Tributes pour in as veteran actress Mary Twala, Somizi's mother ...

In 2007, she starred in the drama Ubizo: The Calling, which explored issues on the tradition of Ubungoma in South Africa.

In a separate post on Instagram, Somizi shared that his mother’s death coincides with his late father’s birthday.

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He said: “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 am shattered to the core, but I’d be very selfish if I don’t release her.”

Last year, the veteran actress received the the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to the performing arts.

She had an extensive career as an actress, performing in roles in film and theatre. Her career includes international films such as Mapantsula and Sarafina!, among others.

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