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By unknown | Apr 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A Limpopo woman who has been blind for more than 50 years and is believed to be the oldest person alive, Moloko Temo, was over the moon yesterday after casting her special vote.

This happened in the village of Mohodi GaManthata, about 80km north west of Polokwane.

Temo will be celebrating 135 years on July 4 and qualified for a special vote because of her age.

Temo, who was pushed in a wheelchair into Rapoo Primary School, was very cheerful and engaged in light banter with IEC officials and party agents.

Her name was verified on the voters' roll after she had produced her ID. She then proceeded to vote.

An IEC official had to ask her what political party she wanted to vote for. This happened in full view of party agents who seemed satisfied with her response, which was "Mandela".

She then put the two ballot papers inside the ballot box, after which she clapped her hands and said "Amen".

Temo was born on July 4 1874. Sowetan is in possession of a photocopy of her ID book.

Officially, in terms of the Guinness records, the oldest person in the world is US citizen Edna Parker, who is 114.

But another discovery has been made in Central Asia of Sakhan Dosova from Kazakhstan, who is 130.

She was born on March 27 1879, which makes her four years younger than Temo.

News about Dosova's age became public on March 25 this year.


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