Longtime ANC deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, dies at 68

Longtime ANC deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, dies at 68

Yasmin “Jessie” Duarte was a South African politician and acting secretary-general of the African National Congress. Long-time anti-apartheid activist. She formerly held positions as Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, a member of the Gauteng provincial cabinet (MEC), ambassador to Mozambique, and ANC spokeswoman before taking up her current role as deputy secretary-general of the ANC in 2012.

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte has died at 68

Yasmin “Jessie” Duarte, a longtime anti-apartheid campaigner and ANC deputy secretary general, passed away early on Sunday morning after a protracted battle with cancer.

Due to the seriousness of her sickness, Duarte (68), a political activist since she was a teenager, was forced to abandon her party work late in November. Since then, she has been on medical leave.

Duarte, a lifetime political activist who had served in government and as a diplomat, rose to the head of the ruling party’s hierarchy in 2012.

Family spokesperson Zane Dangor confirmed Duarte’s death early on Sunday, saying that she had fought bravely against the disease, to which she had finally succumbed.

She will be buried on Sunday afternoon.

Jessie Duarte Age, Family, and Early Life

Jessie Duarte was born Marhooma Yasmeen Dangor on 19 September 1953 in Coronationville, Gauteng, South Africa. However, we don’t have any information regarding her parents.

jessie duarte family

As of now, we don’t have much information regarding her personal life.

Jessie Duarte Career, What was her profession?

Duarte began working in the field of accounting as a management accountant.

She was chosen in 1979 by Albertina Sisulu to establish women’s organizations in South Africa.

She worked as the Federation of Transvaal Women’s secretary two years later, in 1981. (FEDTRAW).

She was chosen to join the ANC’s Interim Leadership Core in 1990 and elected to the Gauteng Provincial Executive Council (PEC).

After working as the personal assistant to both former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, she was chosen to serve as the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Safety and Security in Gauteng in 1994.

Duarte held the position of South African ambassador to Mozambique from 1999 to 2003 after leaving her position as MEC.

During the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress, which was held in Mangaung, she was chosen to serve as its deputy secretary-general in 2012.

At the ANC’s subsequent congress in 2022, Duarte stated that she would step down as deputy secretary-general.

Jessie Duarte Net Worth, How much does she earn?

The net worth of Jessie Duarte is under the wraps.

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Which school did she go to?

Duarte graduated from Johannesburg’s Coronationville Secondary School.

Jessie Duarte Husband, What about her relationship?

Jessie Duarte was married to John Duarte and divorced in 2001. They had two children together.

Is she available on any kind of social media platform?

She does not seem to be available on any social media.

Body Appearance Jessie Duarte’s Height, Weight

HeightIn Feet: N / A
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Hair colorBlack 
Eye colorBrown
WeightKilogram: N / A
Pound: N / A
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Jessie Duarte’s which you should be knows

NationalitySouth African
Age68 Years
Relationship StatusDivorced