'I will never get mar­ried again'

Mary Twala shares why she still holds her hus­band’s mem­ory close to her heart and her se­cret to suc­cess

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe

VET­ERAN ac­tress, Mary Twala, has been in show­biz for about 50 years and says she sees no rea­son to re­tire. She has made a suc­cess of her life, even after she was left alone with her fa­mous son, Somizi Mh­longo, after her hus­band, Nd­aba Mh­longo, passed away many years ago.


The 78-year-old leg­end says even though she shot to fame a long time ago, she never saw her­self do­ing any­thing else other than act­ing.

After the pass­ing of her hus­band, who was also an ac­tor, Mary never re­mar­ried. She says this is a con­scious de­ci­sion. “I will not re­marry. What will a man do for me? I need no man next to me,” she says.

When asked why she never used her hus­band’s sur­name, she says she was al­ready fa­mous when she got mar­ried and well-known as Mary Twala.


Mary’s act­ing has brought her into many homes across the coun­try for decades, with roles on many pop­u­lar shows such as Sara­fina, Un­den­zani Mmel­wane, Gen­er­a­tions, Mu­vhango, Yizo Yizo and now Im­poster on Mzansi Magic.

She prom­ises that she’ll act as long as she still has the strength to go on.

“I was born to act. Age doesn’t mat­ter, as long as I can still read and walk, I will carry on act­ing.”

She says her char­ac­ter loves her son, but is not get­ting on well with his wife. This is be­cause the son is the bread­win­ner and she feels like the daugh­ter-in-law will re­place her.

Mary is dif­fer­ent to her char­ac­ter be­cause although she loves her son Somizi, she is not over­pro­tec­tive of him.

“He has to be free to en­joy his life,” she says.


Mary at­tributes her suc­cess and longevity in show­biz to the love she has for her craft.

“When you love some­thing you will do it. Have the love for it so you can do it well. Don’t force mat­ters. When you don’t know some­thing, just ask. There are peo­ple who are still help­ing me to this day. I learn some­thing new ev­ery day. I don’t act as if I know ev­ery­thing,” she says.

She says show­biz runs in the fam­ily as her grand­daugh­ter, Bahumi, is also ven­tur­ing into the in­dus­try. “We’re all very sup­port­ive of her. She has it in her. So why not give the child a chance?”


Mary Twala says her par­ents never got in the way of her pur­su­ing her act­ing ca­reer as they saw her tal­ent from when she was a child

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