Nothing beats a lady who trusts her guts and gets involved in national politics. Jessie Duarte has revealed that side of her life by being an active member of the ANC. Her name is also in the books of history for serving as the Personal Assistant of the first President of the Democratic Republic of South Africa. How about going through her biography to determine what it took for her to get to the high ranks.
Jessie Yasmin Duarte, popularly known as Jessie Duarte, is one of the oldest and yet the most influential members of the African National Congress. Her service in the party has played an essential role in the growth of the ANC. She has also landed several political positions that she has served diligently.
Jessie Duarte biography
These are some of the details about the latter that might make you know her more.
Jessie Duarte age
She was born on 19th September 1953 in Newclare, Johannesburg. As of date, she is sixty-six years old.
Jessie Duarte siblings
She has eight other siblings. Two of her brothers, Achmat Dangor and Zane, are famous for their resemblance.
Jessie Duarte children
The latter is a mother of two, a daughter and a son. Her son owns a company that deals with Information Technology.
In 2018, Lumkile Mondi raised claims that her children were associated with the controversial Gupta family. She, however, came up to address the matter by stating that her children had not had any associations with the Guptas.
She, however, acknowledged that she regretted the fact that Ian Whitley, her son-in-law, had accepted an offer for a chief of staff job from the then Minister of Finance.
Jessie Duarte education
The latter attended primary school in her hometown and proceeded to Coronationville Secondary School for her Grade 12.
Jessie Duarte career
Duarte Jessie started her career as an accountant in management. In 1979, she was appointed by Albertina Sisulu with the role of establishing women's structures in the country. She served the position diligently, and by 1981, she was appointed to serve as the provincial secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW). During the same period, she was working towards administering scholarships for the activists of the African National Congress. The activists were being trained to become public servants.
In 1988, she got detained without going through trial and was placed under restriction orders. She, later on, got released when the state of emergency was lifted.
Personal Assistant of President Nelson Mandela
In 1990, she got elected to the Gauteng Provincial Executive Council. She was also appointed to the Interim Leadership Core of the ANC. She also got appointed to serve the position of MEC for Safety and Security. Another significant position that she served was the position of the Personal Assistant of President Nelson Mandela after he had gotten out of prison. She was also the personal Assistant of Walter Sisulu until 1994.
Top positions in the ANC
The latter served in the Regional Executive Committee of the African National Congress between 1991 and 1994. This committee was in charge of conducting negotiations regarding the country's democracy. Between 1997 and 1999, she served in the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. In 2003, she was appointed as the National Spokesperson of the African National Congress.
Other top positions
Between 1999 and 2003, she served the position of ambassador of South Africa to Mozambique. She also served the position of Chief Operations Officer in the Presidency in the South African Government. She, however, resigned from the position in 2010.
In December 2012, she got appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the African National Congress during the 53rd National Conference that was held in Mangaung. During the party's 54th National Conference that was held in Nasrec in 2017, she was re-elected to serve the same position of Deputy Secretary-General in 2017.
Jessie Duarte current office
The latter currently serves the position of Deputy Secretary-General of the African National Congress.
Jessie Duarte party
She is one of the oldest and yet the most active members of the African National Congress.
At her age, Jessie Duarte has proven that she has the interests of the country at heart. Her contribution to the ANC cannot go unnoticed.