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'World's oldest person' dies after living through THREE centuries to incredible age – and has the docs to 'prove' it | The Sun

A GRANDMOTHER believed to be the world's oldest person has died in South Africa at the incredible age of 128.

Mother-of-seven Johanna Mazibuko – who has lived through three centuries – died at her home in Jouberton.

She has documents proving she was born on May 11, 1894, and grew up on a maize farm – but never went to school and could not read or write.

Her daughter-in-law Thandiwe Wesinyana said it's thought Mazibuko died from a stroke on March 3.

She said the entire community has "lost a mother".

"We loved to pray together and spent most of our days drinking tea and talking," she told News24.

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"I don’t know who I’m going to have fun with anymore.

“A wound has opened, my heart is sore, and I am shattered. The community is saddened. We’ve all lost a mother."

Mazibuko would have turned 129 in May.

Speaking to News24 to mark her birthday last year, Mazibuko said she was "amazed" to still be alive.

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"Why am I still here? People around me have been dying," she said.

"When will I die? What's the point of being alive? The world has tired me because I am just sitting here doing nothing."

Thandiwe said she took Mazibuko to hospital on February 14 and was treated for a stroke before being discharged on February 28.

She sadly died at home three days later and will be buried on Saturday in Jouberton.

Mazibuko was one of 12 siblings – of which three are still alive.

She had married an older widower Stawana Mazibuko and had seven children together – and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mazibuko previously told how she "lived so well" on the farms where she grew up.

She said there were "no problems then" – and missed the food she used to eat as a child.

The grandmother lived through two world wars, Spanish Flu – and even the coronavirus pandemic.

French nun Lucile Randon died aged 118 in January.

She died in her sleep at her nursing home in Toulon just a few months after vowing to break the world record for the oldest person ever.

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Guinness World Records officially acknowledged her status as the world's oldest person in April 2022 when Japanese woman Kane Tanaka died.

At the time Lucile – known as Sister Andre – said she wanted to overtake Jeanne Calment, another French woman, who died aged 122 in 1997.

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