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World’s oldest person from Jozi turns 128 – and credits longevity to this…

The South African logo The South African 2022/05/16 Megan van den Heever
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The oldest person in the world – unofficially that is – who hails from Mzansi, has shared her secrets to her ripe, old age.

Johanna Mazibuko of Johannesburg, turned 128 last week, according to her identity papers.

MEET THE WORLD’S OLDEST PERSON

Born on 11 May 1894 in the farming community of Ottosdal in the North West, Johanna was the eldest of 12 children.

During her time alive, she has witnessed both apartheid and democracy, British colonialism, and the country’s independence as well as two world wars.

The Klerksdorp resident revealed to News24 that she married an older man named Stawana Mazibuko, although she cannot reveal at what age or during which year. The couple had seven children, two of whom are still alive. After the death of her husband, she moved to Jouberton with her son, Tseko, just as apartheid was beginning.

Johanna has a total of 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

But whilst her ID card indicates her surprising age, Johanna is not yet recognised by the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest person. This, claims the SABC, is something that North West residents are eagerly campaigning for her.

Prophet OJ Madikong, part of the Adopt An Elder Campaign, told the news outlet: “I believe maMazibuko could have long been put in Guinness Book of Records. The whole world would know, but we know that it is never late. As long as we as people in Africa know that there is such a person, we are happy that there is someone with 128 years, whether they try to hide her or what but we know there is.

According to the Guinness, Sister Andre of France received the title of world’s oldest person at 118 years old, after her predecessor Kane Tanaka of Japan recently died at 119.

‘MANDELA WAS MY PERSON

Whilst Johanna Mazibuko cannot remember much from her long life, the elderly woman does speak fondly of certain things. One is the first democratic elections, in which she voted for Nelson Mandela

She told News24: “Mandela was my person. He allowed us to control ourselves. He got us houses and made the government give us pensions.” 

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Another is a locust infestation on the farm, and “modern foods” like Coca-cola, which she enjoys. She added: “There were ones we could catch and eat. It was like you are eating meat. We would just fry them and eat them like that, just on their own.

“Now, I eat modern food. I am used to it, but I do miss the food I grew up on”.

Johanna worked as a domestic worker on farms, but sadly never learned to read or write.

She added: “When you don’t have money, you suffer. On the farms, we lived off the things we farmed. We would get rations as well. At the end of the year, we would get sacks of maize and we would go and sell them and make money. If I was not old, I would go back to the farms.”

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SPINACH EVERY DAY KEEPS THE DOCTORS AWAY

When asked what she believed kept her alive Johanna credited a diet of wild spinach and fresh milk.

When asked what her final wish would be, she replied: “When I die, they must slaughter a cow for me. They must bury me well, so that I never bother them”.

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