The portfolio committee on sport, arts and culture expressed its condolences on Saturday with the death of actress Mary Twala (80).
Beauty Dlulane, chair of the committee, said the committee sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, arts community and all South Africans. “We are very saddened by the news of her death at a time when the arts in our country and the world are under intense pressure because of the coronavirus. She was a legend that brightened South African television screens for decades, “Dlulane said. “This is not a time to be sad. Let’s celebrate the time we had this legend with us and share it with the world. ”
Twala was known for her roles in the films Sarafina (1992) , Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014), and The Dark Tower (2017). She has also appeared in Leading Lady (2014) and Frank & Fearless (2018) and in the television series Die Sonkring II, Generations and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (2008). In 2011, she was nominated for a supporting role in the African Film Academy Award for Best Actress. She was the mother of South African actor Somizi Mhlongo.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa also expressed his condolences on her death. He handed her the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) in 2019. The national order is the highest honor a South African citizen can receive.