- Legendary South African actress Mary Twala, who was in the industry for more than 60 years, has been laid to rest today
- The late star's family and close friends attended the funeral service at Grace Bible Church in Soweto to pay their last respects
- Mary, who is Somizi Mhlongo's mother, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80
Legendary actress Mary Twala has been laid to rest today. The entertainment icon's family and close friends attended the funeral service at Grace Bible Church in Soweto to pay their last respects.
Mary, who is Somizi Mhlongo's mother, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.
Briefly.co.za reported that her death was confirmed by Metro FM on social media. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the funeral adhered to the current national funeral restrictions of only 50 mourners.
The funeral was also streamed on various news and several platforms, including Somizi's Twitter account and his husband, Mohale's Facebook page.
Gospel singer Dr Rebecca Malope sang a touching song during the actress' final send-off. Somizi's friend, media personality Bonang Matheba, was also in attendance.
The people who attended the service wore face masks as per the lockdown rules. Members of the public who loved the actress were not allowed to attend the funeral due to Mzansi's lockdown regulations.
They followed the service on social media platforms especially on Somizi's Twitter handle.
Mary acted in shows including Deliwe, Taxi to Soweto, Undenzani Melwane, Iqhawe, Hlala Kwabafileyo and Muvhango, among others.
In other news related to Mary, Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse also honoured the late star. The veteran musician expressed that he was heartbroken by the news of Mary's passing.
Hotstix thanked Mary for her resilience in the cut-throat entertainment industry. He said she 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."
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