Since ‘OJ’ joined Usuthu during the January transfer period, Johannes has been drafted from centre-back to a defensive midfielder, while Mabizela pairs with Sadate Ouro Akoriko in the centre of defence.
The former Bafana captain has refound his form, scoring three League goals as the Durban outfit try and move away from the dreaded relegation zone.
However, Johannes says Mabizela's ability is top class after first witnessing it during their time together at Mamelodi Sundowns.
"I don't even think I have to comment on OJ's ability, and I think everyone knows that," he tells KickOff.com
"I was fortunate enough to play with him for two seasons at Mamelodi Sundowns and he was always one of my best players, and he knows that, he has been fantastic – his quality, confidence, and leadership just rubs off onto everyone around him.
"Having said that, having him in the club and in the team has been fantastic and a huge confidence boost, and not only myself but for the rest of the players too."
Meanwhile, Johannes, a former junior international and Ama-glug glug captain, who was touted as one of the best centre backs in the country, says it will be a huge achievement to help Usuthu survive relegation this season, especially as the skipper of the side.
"It will be massive and not just for me," he said.
"This club has been around forever; great history and even look at the support – it is a lot of older people and older generations – I think we owe it to them to make sure that this team stays in the PSL next season."
AmaZulu are starting to breath a new lease of life having attain eight points in the last four matches.
The big blow in their fight, though, will be in the next two matches, they will be without Bongi Ntuli, who was sent off in the last match against Chippa United.
Ntuli will start to serve his first match after this long break as the club will welcome Free State Stars at home on the 4th next month.
Steve Barker’s side have seven games left after having collected just 17 points in their 23 previous games.
All home matches will be played at Moses Mabhida stadium after new campaign was launched on Wednesday in conjunction with Ethekwini Municipality to transport fans who have tickets to the venue and also reduce tickets' pricing as they fight to avoid being demoted.