Mary Twala, a beloved and veteran actor has died aged 80, her son, media personality Somizi Mhlongo confirmed the news on social media on Saturday.
In a touching post, Somizi posted: “My tree has fallen… lala Ma.”
Twala is known for her various roles in many local productions, she was cast as a guest in the first season of Generations. In 2007, she starred in local drama, Ubizo: The Calling and 2010, she played a support role in Hopeville, which won numerous awards in several festivals and award ceremonies across the continent.
Her role in the “Ma Dolly” film, earned her best-supporting actress nomination at 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In April 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the 2019 National Orders Awards, where she was one of the recipients of the Order of Ikhamanga category, which recognises those who’ve excelled and given decades contribution in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sport.
Tributes and condolences poured in on social media, as many said an acting giant has fallen.
My tree has fallen……..lala Ma pic.twitter.com/CjojR7k2uX
— somizi somGAGA (@somizi) July 4, 2020
— nelissa mchunu (@therealnelisa) July 4, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family 💔🥺 Lala Ngoxolo Mama. https://t.co/COFWkSVs5a
— Natasha Thahane (@Natasha_Thahane) July 4, 2020