The veteran actress Mama Mary Twala-Mhlongo the Mother of Somizi Buyani Ndaba Jnr Mhlongo has passed on at the age of 80.
Mama Mary Twala have been in the film and television industry for more than 40 years. She was an actress in many films like Mapantsula, Sarafina!, A Love in Africa, Malunde, Dr Lucille, Nyaka-Nyaka; Ngaka; Deliwe and many more. She also had roles in television shows like ndenzani Melwane; Iqhawe; Die SonKriel; Hlala Kwabafileyo; Soul Buddyz, Child of Soweto, Khululeka, Yizo-Yizo, SOS and Muvhango.
In 2015 she won the Safta for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her role as MaKhumanule in Skwizas.
In 2019 Mary was bestowed The Order of Ikhamanga in silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mama Mary Twala died on her late husband’s birthday, as his son Somizi Mhlongo says she responded his call to come join him in heaven. She died yesterday at Parklane private hospital, the cause of her death was not revealed.
“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.” said Somizi Mhlongo