Former Mandela aid remembered as a servant of the people
Yasmin “Jessie” Duarte, the deputy secretary-general of the ANC, has passed away.
She has been remembered as a “servant of the people”.
Duarte was 69 years old when she passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.
She was undergoing cancer treatment and was on medical leave since November last year.
“The passing of Comrade Jessie is a great loss, not only to the family, but to the democratic movement and the country. She dedicated her entire life to the struggle for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and just South Africa.
“A committed gender activist, she relentlessly championed the emancipation and empowerment of women,” said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.
Condolences have been streaming in online.
GOOD secretary general Brett Herron said Duarte will be remembered for her contribution to the freedom of South Africa.
“She remained resolute in her continuous pursuit of a non-racial South Africa and was also committed in her fight for women empowerment in the country.”
The EFF said Duarte was “fierce, firm and forthright”.
Duarte is expected to be laid to rest this afternoon in accordance with Muslim rites.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special official funeral for Duarte.