Jessie Duarte passes away
JOHANNESBURG – The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte has died.
Duarte was 68 years old.
In a statement, the ANC says Duarte died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a months-long battle with cancer.
She had been on medical leave since November last year.
The party expressed its sadness, saying her death is a great loss, not only to her family, ‘but also to the party and the country as a whole’.
The governing party has described her as a dedicated activist who strived for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.
Duarte is set to be buried on Sunday afternoon as per Muslim rites.
Details of her memorial service will be communicated in due course.