Johanna Mazibuko of South Africa, who is 128 years old, is thought to be the world’s oldest person.
Mazibuko celebrated her special day with friends, family, and neighbors, according to Metro UK.
The courageous woman was born in Ottosdal, South Africa, in 1894 and raised on a maize farm. She was the eldest of 12 siblings.
“We had such a good life on the farms. “There were no issues,” she stated.
Mazibuko’s childhood was simple, but it was beneficial to her long-term health. She recalls growing up on a diet of fresh milk, wild spinach, and, on rare occasions, locusts as a result of an infestation on her farm.
Mazibuko’s marriage and family life flourished as she grew older. She made a living as a domestic worker for farm owners for many years. She cleaned and ironed.
“I was married to a man who was older than me. “His first wife had раssеd аwау,” she explained. “He was a self-sufficient man. He had cows and a horse carriage. I’d milk the cows and sell the butter.”
“That man treated me very well and made me forget about my life before him,” she continued. “I didn’t lack for anything.”
Mazibuko had seven children with her husband, two of whom are still alive. She is the proud grandmother of over 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The South African native, who lived through apartheid, said she will never forget voting in the first democratic elections in 1994.
“Mandela was my type. He gave us the ability to control ourselves. He bought us houses and forced the government to pay us pensions,” she told News 24.
He is currently residing in Jouberton, Klerksdorp. She has hearing loss and uses a walker to get around the house. Mazibuko hired a caregiver named Thandiwe Wesinyana, with whom she has lived since 2001, to help her.
Prophet OJ Madikong, the Mahikeng Adopt an Elderly campaign’s initiator, wants the elderly woman to be included in the Guinness Book of Records.
“I believe maMazibuko could have been in the Guinness Book of Records for a long time,” Madikong told SABC News. “The entire world would be aware, but we know that it is never [too] late. “We’re happy that there is someone with 128 years, whether they try to hide her or not,” he said.
As she prepares to transition, Mazibuko has one wish. “When I die, they must slaughter a cow in my honor. “They need to bury me properly so I don’t bother them,” she told News 24.
Credits: News 24