SA TIMES -Johannesburg,”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 The bond between Somizi Mhlongo and his mother, legendary actress Mary Twala, has never been a secret.News of Twala and Msomi’s deaths on Saturday sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry with tributes pouring in on social media for the renowned artists throughout the weekend
With a career spanning over six decades, Twala captivated South African households with her incomparable talent.
The 80-year-old was admitted to Netcare’s Park Lane Hospital for several days with an undisclosed illness.
The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture’s Masechaba Khumalo said: “We will always remember Mary Twala as someone who was very loving. She was very selfless, she was always about making people feel good and was one of the very few individuals who have lasted or stood the test of time in the sector of arts and culture and we will remember her forever.”
Khumalo has also paid tribute to acclaimed director Welcome Msomi who died at the age of 76.
Khumalo said that Msomi left a legacy in the creative community, despite being found guilty of stealing R8 million from the Living Legends Legacy programme: “Despite the very public mistakes that he’s made in his lifetime, we cannot rubbish his history. He is a man who has contributed immensely to the development of this sector.”’
While funeral arrangements for Twala and Msomi have not been disclosed, the country has hailed the cultural stalwarts for inspiring a new generation of performers.
Somizi Mhlongo and Mary Twala shared beautiful moments that captivated the whole of Mzansi. The celebrity mother and son kept South Africa entertained. Ever since news of Mary Twala (80) passing away on the 4th of June, tributes have been pouring in and many people have shared some wonderful moments shared between Somizi Mhlongo and Mary Twala.
SA TIMES has compiled a list of 6 of the most heartwarming and heartfelt moments that Somizi has shared with his late mother, Mary Twala.
The TV personality has always spoken fondly about his mother, openly celebrating her and thanking her for being his role model. He said he celebrates her every day, and that he knew her love for him was “unconditional”.
Here are just six moments from the pair that illustrates the bond between Somizi Mhlongo and Mary Twala
Legendary musician Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse has joined the thousands of South Africans mourning the death of veteran actress Mama Mary Twala.
Mary died on Saturday at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg. Her son, Idols SA judge Somizi, confirmed her death on social media.
Hotstix was heartbroken by the news and told SA TIMES that the actress left a hole in both his life and the industry at large.
“I would like to thank Mary for her resilience in this difficult industry. For allowing us into her space and coming into our homes. Her face was a reflection of difficulties of this life and it also carried a smile and pain.”
The musician applauded her for being a strong woman, who impacted many lives and raised a shining star in Somizi
“Somizi is a reflection of who his mother and father were. Both of them were compatible to each other. I think it’s a privilege that I came from Orlando West because Orlando West and East are close to each other, so I was able to meet her on a regular basis.”
Hotstix recalled meeting Mary when she was working with Gibson Kente, before there was television in SA.
“For her to be able to have sustained herself throughout all these years and remain relevant as an actress speaks volumes. Let’s look at Somizi, I think it’s very important for us to question where he gets all this talent from.
“That should be an indication of what role she played in Somizi’s life.”