Tributes pour in for actress Mary Twala: 'The nation's tree has fallen'
South Africans are mourning the loss of veteran actress Mary Twala who died on Saturday, aged 80.
Her son, Somizi Mhlongo, confirmed the news on social media, saying “the tree has fallen. I'm shattered to the core.”
Twala died at Netcare Park Lane Private Hospital.
“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," wrote Somizi on Instagram.
Twala's career as a stage and film actress spans six decades. She became a household name after starring in Sarafina!, Deliwe and Taxi to Soweto.
Her role in the entertainment industry was recognised in 2019, when she received the Order of Ikhamanga from president Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Order of #Ikhamanga is bestowed in SILVER on:— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 25, 2019
MARY MHLONGO TWALA: For her excellent contribution to the performing arts & raising awareness on women’s health issues through storytelling. Her sense of humour & humility have endeared her to the nation at large.#NationalOrders pic.twitter.com/ab7MHL5kD4
On social media, #RIPMaryTwala trended as news of the iconic actress's death broke.
RIP: Actress Mary Twala has passed away— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 4, 2020
80 year old legendary star of stage and screen has died, leaving a legacy of a long career and inspiration.
To her son Somizi, it’s not only your tree but the nation’s that’s fallen. #PhilReports #RIPMaryTwala pic.twitter.com/YMA2MEGdMc