South Africans mourn Mary Twala, veteran actress who died at 80

Millions of 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.”

According to, Twala died at Netcare Park Lane private hospital earlier today.


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“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 … ”

On social media, #RIPMaryTwala trended as news of the iconic actress’s death broke.


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