- President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to iconic SA actress Mary Twala
- The celebrity passed away at age 80 after an illustrious career
- Ramaphosa bid Twala farewell in a statement honouring her legacy
President Cyril Ramaphosa has released a statement paying tribute to the late Mary Twala.
Briefly.co.za reported that her son, Somizi Mhlongo had confirmed that his mother had joined his late father in the afterlife:
"Today is my late father's birthday, and my mom decided to respond to his call to join him in heaven."
Joining thousands of South Africans in honouring the 80-year-old's legacy, Ramaphosa extended his condolences to the family:
"Like millions of South Africans, I am saddened by the passing of a great icon of our nation’s creative community; someone who was a household name and face to all of us and brought home the joys, the struggles and the humour under pressure that characterises our national life."
Ramaphosa lamented the loss of such a talented and humbling citizen, continuing to say that:
"We have lost a unique talent and an endearing human being whose performances brought to life the meaning of being South African, and appealed to South Africans of all generations. We will miss her dearly."
Johannesburg Executive Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo also paid tribute to the actress, commenting:
"We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, fans and colleagues. May her soul rest in peace."
Gauteng Arts and Culture MEC Mbali Hlophe also took a moment to acknowledge this sad news:
"Sometimes some talents impact not only their immediate industry, but effortlessly touch everyone that has a dream. Mam Mary Twala was a mother to all of us, her charisma and charm could be felt on every role she took on, the stories of the characters she played will go with her, but the impact of her talent will keep inspiring many generations to come. She vowed never to retire because she was not a storyteller as a job, but a storyteller by nature."
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