Could Johanna Mazibuko, a South African, be the world’s “oldest person” that no one knows about?

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Keith T Mambo
Keith T Mambo
Keith T. Mambo is currently a reporter for ZiMetro News . He focuses on identity politics for The Southern Eye. He was previously a fellow at the UCT University of Cape Town for Political Science.

Could Johanna Mazibuko, a South African, be the world’s “oldest person” that no one knows about?

The oldest person in the world, according to and verified by the Guinness World Records, is Lucile Randon from France, who is 118 years old and was born on 11 February 1904.

In 2018, Zimbabwe’s electoral body recorded a 141-year-old voter. It’s not yet clear if he is still alive.

However, South Africans believe there is one person who is older than Lucile. Could she be the world’s oldest person?

Ntuthukane Johanna Mazibuko turned 128 years last Wednesday, 11 May. She was born in 1894.

For context, Johanna saw through all modern wars, including both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars. She has lived for three centuries.

However, it seems Guinness World Records has not yet verified her age due to reasons unknown. The Matlosana municipality wants to have her verified and declared as the oldest person in the world, reports News24 in a wide-ranging interview with her.

Johanna was born on a maize farm in the Ottosdal area. She was the firstborn in a family with 12 children, and at the moment, only three are still living.

Despite knowing that she was born on a farm, Johanna cannot recall her childhood because of her well-advanced age. She, however, still vividly remembers a locust invasion that happened back then.

I was born on a farm. We lived so well on the farms. There were no problems. There were ones [locusts] we could catch and eat. It was like you were eating meat. We would fry them and eat them like that, just on their own.

Johanna got married to Stawana Mazibuko, and they had seven children. Only three are still surviving. She currently has about 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

One of her best memories was when she voted in the first democratic elections in 1994.

Mandela was my person. He allowed us to control ourselves. He got us houses and made the government give us pensions.

At 128, Johanna Mazibuko says she doesn’t know why she has survived for this long life.

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.

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