‘World’s oldest person’ dead as heartbroken family pay tribute to mum-of-seven

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    A woman believed to be the 'world's oldest person' has died at the age of 128, as her heartbroken family pay tribute.

    Mother-of-seven Johanna Mazibuko, from South Africa, has reportedly passed away at her home in Jouberton, bringing to an end a life spanning three centuries.

    Johanna, who has documents stating she was born on May 11, 1894, is believed to have died from a stroke on March 3 after a handful of recent hospital appearances.

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    Her daughter-in-law Thandiwe Wesinyana said the community has "lost a mother".

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

    "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."

    Last year Johanna, who could not read or write, told the aforementioned publication that she was "amazed" to still be alive ahead of her last birthday.

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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."

    Johanna's niece took her to hospital on February 14, where she treated for a stroke before being discharged on February 28. Just days later she was dead, and was buried on Saturday.

    Johanna, who was a grandmother to 50 children, was one of 12 siblings – three of whom are still alive.

    She had seven children with Stawana Mazibuko.

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