- Veteran Mzansi musician Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse has honoured late South African legendary actress Mary Twala
- The Burn Out hitmaker has expressed that he was heartbroken by the news of Somizi Mhlongo's mother's passing
- Hotstix, who praised Mary for being a strong woman, said the actress left a hole in both his life and the entertainment industry as a whole
Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse has honoured late South African legendary actress Mary Twala. The veteran musician has expressed that he was heartbroken by the news of Mary's death.
Her famous son, Somizi Mhlongo, confirmed her passing on social media. She died on Saturday at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg.
Hotstix thanked Mary for her resilience in the cut-throat entertainment industry. He told TshisaLIVE that the actress left a hole in both his life and the industry.
"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 Burn Out hitmaker praised her for being a strong woman who impacted many lives and raised a prominent 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."
The star also recalled meeting Mary when she was working with Mzansi playwright Gibson Kente before there was television in South Africa, according to the publication.
"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."
Briefly.co.za reported on how devastated Somizi was when he posted the news of his mother's death. She died at age 80.
He told fans of his mother's passing through a poignant tweet. The Metro FM presenter wrote:
"My tree has fallen. Lala (Sleep) Ma."
Somizi's husband, Mohale, asked fans for prayers as he pointed out that he'd never seen Somizi so devastated.
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