Larger-than-life TV star Somizi Mhlongo, has paid a moving tribute to his late mother Mary Twala. Mary was a phenomenal actress whose career in acting spanned for over 60 years. The iconic actress passed on Saturday at the age of 80 after an illness.
Her funeral service is being held this morning in Soweto and streamed live. Due to the Covid-19 funeral regulations, which only allows for 50 attendees her funeral is attended by her family and close friends.
Taking to the podium accompanied by his husband Mohale Motaung, to send his last farewell to his mom, Somizi said in his mind when he thought about his mother’s funeral he told himself that he was going to bury her in the most cheapest coffin, with one rose.
The TV presenter said this is because he had reached a stage where he was proud of what he has done for his mom.
He said his mother told the doctor on Saturday before her departure that, she wants a lot of flowers at her funeral, and she wants to be dressed in the same dress she wore at their wedding.
The TV star said he has lost a mother on earth but he has gained a powerful ancestor. Somizi said anyone should not be surprised when he rises beyond because he has the most generous ancestor.
Somizi described his mother as a very successful woman in every aspect, whose work ethic was impeccable. He said her mother was a very punctual person who left on his fathers birthday and is being buried on his husband’s birthday.
Tweeps reacted to his speech.
Today we lay a giant to rest, 💔💔Mam’Mary Twala, your spirit will live on. Thank you for all that you have allowed us to share and learn. Your resilience and love will certainly live on. We love you ❤️❤️#RIPMaryTwala pic.twitter.com/dzHVpRWQUq
— Actor Spaces (@actorspaces) July 9, 2020
“Died on my father’s birthday and buried on my husband’s birthday” ~ Somizi 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/YszF4bpq0M
— Gxarha ✊🏾♥️🇿🇦 (@Siseko_Soga) July 9, 2020
— Nkuli Ntimba (@Nonetherless23) July 9, 2020
— Meluleki Simelane 🇸🇿 (@IamSluga) July 9, 2020
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In other news – Veteran Actress Mary Twala to be laid to rest tomorrow