- The African National Congress has confirmed the passing of its Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte
- The respected politician had been on medical leave since November last year due to her ailing condition
- It's reported the 68-year-old died following a lengthy battle with cancer and fellow politicians have expressed their condolences
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JOHANNESBURG- The ANC's deputy secretary general, Jesse Duarte has died. The party confirmed the tragic news this morning, sharing that the ailing 68-year-old had been receiving medical attention since November last year.
In a public statement, the party says Duarte passed after an 8 month-long battle with cancer. The influential politician has been described as:
"A dedicated activist who strived for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa."
The veteran politicians had worked closely alongside one another between 2012 and 2017 when Duarte was the deputy secretary general, and he was the secretary general.
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"We need her more than ever before. She is a fighter, she stands for what she believes. The ANC is going through a difficult patch and now it's worse," Mantashe told the publication.
Free State mass murder, police arrest 2 suspects following the murder of 7 people
In more current affairs news, Briefly News previously reported that police have arrested two suspects in the latest mass shooting. Seven bodies were discovered on Friday at a farm in Kestell. A farmer made the gruesome discovery of the bodies of the farm workers. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.
Two men aged between 22 and 24 were taken into custody near Bohlokong township on Saturday morning. Two firearms, a shotgun and a pellet gun which were stolen from the farm during the attack were recovered.
Source: Briefly News