Somizi thanked South Africa for loving his mother, saying she was also appreciated in the industry.

He added that he had gained the most powerful and generous ancestor.

The service was attended by a couple of dozen people due to the Covid-19 regulations, with social distancing and wearing of masks observed.

Legendary gospel singer Rebecca Malope paid an emotional musical tribute as Twala’s coffin was opened for viewing for those in attendance.

Family friend, TV presenter Andile Ncube, was the MC of the service.

The service was also attended by media personality Bonang Matheba, and videos were also shown from fellow actors who paid tribute to Twala such as Kenneth Nkosi.