ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte dies

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA  FEBRUARY 13: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT):  ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte at Luthuli House on 13 February 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the ANC NEC recalled President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule briefed media at ANC headquarters Luthuli House on the outcomes of Monday's special ANC NEC meeting. (Photo by Thulani Mbele/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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ANC Deputy Secretary Jessie Duarte has died.

Since November 2021, 69-year-old Duarte was undergoing cancer treatment and had been on medical leave since.

In a statement, the ANC expressed its heartfelt condolences to the Duarte, Dangor and Whitley extended families.

Duarte was known as a tower of strength to the ruling party, as well as a matriarch and pillar to her family.

Since 2012, Duarte has been serving as the deputy secretary general.

The ANC described her as a person who dedicated her entire life to the struggle for a united, non-racial, non-sexist democratic South Africa.

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