Cape Town – One of South Africa’s oldest persons alive, Johanna Mazibuko, recently celebrated her 128th birthday with her family in Jouberton township in Klerksdorp, North West.
As reports claim, Mazibuko might be the world’s oldest woman and she may well be the world’s oldest person.
According to IOL, her Identity Document shows that she was born in 1894.
She has lived through two world wars, the Spanish flu, Y2K and Covid-19, the report says.
Johanna Mazibuko celebrated her 128th birthday this week. It’s definitely a blessing for her to still be living!!! She holds identity papers which she says she was born in 1894. In the years since, she has lived through British colonialism, apartheid and two world wars. pic.twitter.com/CKexWWN9Wi
— Mamba Out ✌🏾✌🏾 (@kcjj_04) May 15, 2022
At her age, Mazibuko can still crack a joke, has her eyesight and uses a walker to get around the house. She, however, is a bit hard of hearing and complains that her body is stiff, reports New24.
“I am amazed at why I am still here after so many years. Why am I still here? People around me have been dying. When will I die? What’s the point of being alive? The world has tired me because I am just sitting here doing nothing.” the report quote her as saying.
Mazibuko told Newzroom Afrika she has never drank alcohol and her secret to a long life is her traditional Tswana food which consists of pap, wild spinach and watermelon.
The Mazibuko Family In Jouberton township in Klerksdorp, North West, recently celebrated the 128th birthday of their grandmother, Johanna Mazibuko. @moeraneb14 speaks to Mazibuko.
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) May 15, 2022
The broadcaster reports that only two of Mazibuko’s seven children are alive today – one is aged 81 and the other is 83.
According to SABC News, The Adopt an Elderly campaign in Mahikeng, North West is in a bid to have the Guinness Book of World Records recognise Mazibuko.
“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,” the report quotes Prophet OJ Madikong who is the initiator of the campaign as saying
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest person living who also holds the oldest living woman is Lucile Randon aged 118, from France as verified on 25 April 2022.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe