ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte has sadly passed away, and she was remembered at her funeral on Sunday afternoon on the 17th of July 2022. Here are a few key details about her.
Duarte was a politician from South Africa who served as the African National Congress's acting secretary-general.
She was an anti-apartheid activist who worked as a special assistant to Nelson Mandela, a member of Gauteng's provincial cabinet (MEC), an ambassador to Mozambique, and an ANC spokesperson.
Likewise, the politician was elected to the top position of deputy secretary-general in the ANC in 2012 and held it until November of last year when she had to take medical leave.
Sadly, Jessie passed away in the early hours of July 17, 2022, at the age of 68 years. After her tragic death, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa paid homage to Jessie, the long-serving deputy secretary-general of his ruling African National Congress (ANC).
He released a statement on Sunday saying that the state would hold an official and local funeral category 2.
Jessie Duarte Died From Cancer & Muslim Funeral Rites
Jessie passed away early on Sunday morning at home after a fight against cancer after remaining ill for several months.
As per a press release from the ANC, Jessie Duarte had been on medical leave since November 2021 and was receiving treatment for cancer.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was buried in Johannesburg's Westpark Cemetery following Muslim traditions a few hours after she passed away.
Hundreds of politicians and businesspeople attended Duarte's funeral, along with suspended party secretary-general Ace Magashule, as he has stepped away from all ANC activities. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe was also present.
Former President Jacob Zuma also expressed his condolences through his foundation. In his eulogy to mourners at the funeral, Ramaphosa said they had gathered in sorrow and disbelief, adding that ANC officials had arranged to see Duarte on her death.
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Jessie Duarte Race Religion and Nationality
On July 17, 2022, in the late afternoon, Jessie Duarte was buried per her Muslim faith, following Islam religion.
She was born in Coronationville, on Johannesburg's West Rand, on September 19, 1953. She grew up in Westbury and Newclare and held South African nationality.
Jessie Duarte Husband And Family Mourn Her Loss
Politician Jessie Duarte's husband was John Duarte, with whom she divorced in 2001 after trying unsuccessfully to work out their differences.
John, Jessie's ex-husband, was among those who appeared in the evidence of money flows from Gupta contracts.
With her ex-husband, Jessie had two children. Moreover, she was also a grandmother and sister of her extended family. She was born and was one of nine children born to her parents, Julie and Ebrahim Dangor.
Jessie's family and close friends are deeply saddened and must be taking their time to recover from the loss they are experiencing.
Moreover, the ANC has expressed sincere condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones.