'World's oldest woman' has died aged 128

A South African woman who claimed to be the 'World's Oldest Woman' has sadly died at the age of 128.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Johanna Mazibuko died at her home in Jouberton, North West Province, on March 3.

She was reportedly born on a maize farm and was one of 12 children.

Mazibuko was a mom-of-seven - but only two of her children are still alive today. Amazingly, she lived to become a grandmother and great-grandmother to 50 children!
Her daughter-in-law and caregiver, Thandiwe Wesinyana, has told local media that she passed away from a stroke. Wesinyana says that the passing of her mother-in-law has left her heart sore and the community saddened.

Watch Johanna celebrate her 128th birthday:

Mazibuko has long claimed to be the oldest woman on the planet, with her ID saying that she was born on May 11, 1894.

Her astonishing age means that she would have lived in three different centuries, survived two world wars, been alive when Queen Victoria sat on the throne, and was born during President Grover Cleveland's second term in the White House.

Nevertheless, Guinness has never officially granted Mazibuko the title of 'World's Oldest Woman' - that honor is currently held by María Branyas Morera, whose documentation can be authenticated and states that she was born back on March 4, 1907 - making her 116 years old.

Guinness also states that the oldest woman to have ever lived - per fully authenticated documentation - was Jeanne Louise Calment of France.

Calment was born on February 21, 1875 - a whopping 14 years before the construction of the Eiffel Tower (in fact, she later revealed that she had seen it being built). She would go on to lived 122 years 164 days before she death in a nursing home back on August 4, 1997.

And it really does seem that women have the better genes, as the oldest man to have ever lived was Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who passed away in June 2013 at the age of 116 years 54 days.

Mazibuko will be laid to rest on Saturday in Jouberton, Klerksdorp.

Our thoughts go out to her family and loved ones at this time.

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