Johanna Mazibuka, a South African woman said to be the world’s oldest person has died in South Africa at the age of 128, having lived through three different centuries.

Johanna Mazibuko World Oldest South African Woman

According to reports, Johanna Mazibuko, the Mother-of-seven, died in her Jouberton, North West Province, home on March 3, 2023, and would have been 129 in May, 

Those close to her said she had ID documents that prove she was born on May 11, 1894, and grew up on a maize farm. She never went to school and could not read or write, they said. 

Mazibuko told publication on her 128th birthday: ‘I am amazed at why I am still here after so many years. Why am I still here? People around me have been dying.

Speaking to reporters, her caregiver and daughter-in-law, Thandiwe Wesinyana, said Mazibuko may have died from a stroke.

Wesinyana said she took her to the hospital on February 14 and was treated for a stroke, and was discharged on February 28.

She died at home three days later and will be buried on Saturday in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, South Africa.

Story: Ralia Adama