World’s oldest woman claims milk and spinach helped her reach her 128th birthday – World News

Johanna Mazibuko, who lives in South Africa’s North West Province, celebrated her 128th birthday last Wednesday – which could have made her the oldest living person in the world

South Africa's oldest person, Johanna Mazibuko (pictured), celebrated her 128th birthday on Wednesday
South Africa’s oldest person, Johanna Mazibuko (pictured), celebrated her 128th birthday on Wednesday

This South African woman turned 128 this week, making her possibly the oldest living person in the world.

Johanna Mazibuko, who lives in South Africa’s North West Province, reportedly celebrated her 128th birthday on Wednesday 11 May.

Born on a corn farm, she was the eldest of 12 siblings, three of whom are still alive today.

Despite being illiterate, she told News24: “We lived so well on the farms. There were no problems.”

Although she doesn’t remember her childhood well, she does remember the time when there was a plague of locusts on the farms.

She said: “There were some that we could catch and eat. It was like eating meat.

“We would just fry them and eat them like that, just like that.”

However, she said her childhood diet consisted mostly of fresh milk and wild spinach.







Johanna was the eldest of 12 siblings, three of whom are still alive
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She said: “Now I eat modern food. I’m used to it, but I miss the food I grew up with.”

Johanna married an elderly widower named Stawana Mazibuko at an age she cannot remember.

She said: “I was married to an older man. His first wife had died. He was an independent man.

“He had a horse-drawn carriage and cows. I milked the cows and made butter for sale.

“This man treated me very well and made me forget my life before him. I didn’t miss anything.”

With Stawana she had seven children, two of whom are still alive today.

In addition to her two children, Johanna has around 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.







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After her marriage, Johanna earned her living by doing chores for farm owners.

She said: “I ironed and cleaned, the people were nice.

“This is the life I want to return to. I don’t know why I came to Jouberton because life is tough here.

“If you don’t have money, you suffer. On the farms we lived off the things we farmed.

“We would also be given rations. At the end of the year we would get sacks of corn and we would go and sell them and make money.”

Johanna is somewhat hard of hearing these days, but can still see.

She can even move around the house, if only with the help of a frame.

She said: “My body is stiff. When I walk, I walk like a child.

“When people are walking up and down the streets, I just look out my window and wish I could be like them.”

Johanna has a caregiver named Thandiwe Wesinyana who has been living with her since 2001.

Thandiwe said of their bond, “I can’t sleep unless I’m next to her. When I come back she will also say that she couldn’t sleep.

“She says she just sits by the window looking at the gate and wondering when I’ll be back.”

Matlosana Mayor James Tsolela previously announced that the municipality gifted her a sofa for her special day.

He said: “We checked and researched who the eldest is. We can’t find anyone her age.

“We have her ID that says so. We must try to get her into the Guinness Book of World Records for her to be properly honored.”

Johanna, not sure why she grew so old, said: “If I die, they have to slaughter a cow for me.

“You must bury me well so I never bother you.”

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