Political parties have paid tribute the late actress, Mary Twala-Mhlongo. Twala-Mhlongo passed on at Parklane Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 80.

She was awarded The Order of Ikhamanga in silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019.

In the video below, veteran actress Mary Twala-Mhlongo has died:

In a statement, the governing African National Congress (ANC) describes Twala as “a legendary star of stage and screen and leaves behind a proud legacy of a long career and inspiration.”

The party has conveyed its condolences and support to the family, friends and colleagues of the icon.

” We thank UMama Mary for her lifelong dedication to the creative industry,” the party said.

In the video below, actor and author John Kani pays tribute to Twala-Mhlongo:

The EFF also paid tribute to the late TV veteran. In a statement, the party describes Twala as an activist, who used her platform as an actress to raise awareness on issues affecting South African women.

“She was a versatile actress who was able to depict the social and cultural realities of the African society in their purest form; both in film and television and has been a pioneer and benchmark in the performance industry…her contribution to the performing arts has inspired many up and coming young perfomers,” the party says.

The EFF has sent its “revolutionary condolences” to the Twala and Mhlongo families.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that it is saddened by Twala’s passing. In a statement, the party has described her as not only a legend, but a trailblazing artist whose talents were unmatched.

“From local television dramas to the silver screen, Mam’Twala was a constant and unforgettable presence on our screens. She has made immense contributions to the South African television and film industry and we will never see a talent like her again.”

In the video below, actress Lillian Dube pays tribute to her late friend: