WATCH | Veteran actor Mary Twala's funeral streamed online

Somizi Mhlongo poses with his mother, veteran actor, Mary Twala.
Somizi Mhlongo poses with his mother, veteran actor, Mary Twala.
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An emotional farewell for Mary Twala: Somizi thanks South Africans for 'really loving' his mother

The funeral service of veteran actor Mary Twala was held at a venue in Soweto on Thursday. Following regulations set out by the government, the service was open to only 50 people.

Mourners wore masks as they gathered to bid Mary farewell. Inside the hall, chairs were spaced meters apart from one another, keeping in line with social distancing rules. 

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Mary Twala's funeral details announced

The funeral details for veteran actor Mary Twala was made available to the media on Wednesday.

According to a press statement, Mary's funeral will take place on Thursday 9 July. The service, which will be held at a venue in Soweto and will not be open to the public but will be streamed live on various platforms between 07:30 and 09:30. 

"Due to the current global pandemic of Covid19, the funeral will adhere to the current national funeral restrictions of only 50 attendees allowed, together with the necessary health protocols being observed. No members of the public may attend the funeral," the statement reads in part. 

News of Mary Twala's death broke on Sunday. The actor's son, Somizi, shared a post on social media, writing: "Today is my late father's birthday, and my mom decided to respond to his call to join him in heaven. The tree has fallen." 

The live stream of Mary Twala's funeral can be accessed via Somizi's Twitter account, Mohale's Facebook, The Bar Magazine's YouTube account, or Hop Media Live.