Mary Twala’s granddaughter and family spokesperson, Phumzile Twala, recounted her grandmother’s last moments, expressing the family’s shattered emotions at her passing three years ago.
Mary had passed away on a Saturday morning at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 80.
In an interview with TshisaLIVE, Phumzile revealed that Mary had been in and out of the hospital for several months, battling with diabetes.
Phumzile shared that Somizi and her brother were en route to the hospital to visit Mary and bring her belongings when they received a call from the doctors, urging them to hurry as the star’s health was rapidly deteriorating.
Regrettably, they arrived just a little too late.
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Despite Mary’s frequent hospitalizations, the family had held onto hope that she would make a full recovery. In the hours preceding her passing, Mary was in good spirits, seemingly on the road to recovery.
“You know that she is old, but she was so strong. She had pulled through so many times before that we thought she might be strong enough again,” Phumzile stated. “I was taking care of her. A day before her passing, she was her old self. Doctors said she was up and jolly just 30 minutes before her passing. The doctor told her Somizi was on the way, and she was so happy. All of a sudden, she slipped away.”
Phumzile disclosed that Somizi and the family were not coping well and were struggling to come to terms with Mary’s death.
“They are shattered. We, as a family, were still in the grieving stage, and everyone had their moments where they broke down.”
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As the continent embraces green energy, it not only addresses its energy challenges but also positions itself as a global leader in sustainable development. Africa’s commitment to renewable energy reflects a paradigm shift in the way nations approach power generation, fostering a cleaner and more sustainable future for generations to come.