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JESSIE YASMINE DUARTE was born in Coronationville, where she grew up and completed her schooling. She became actively involved in politics at a very early age and over the years she developed a reputation as an activist and an advocate for equality. She was recruited by Mme Albertina Sisulu in 1979 to establish women's structures throughout the country, and by 1981 the ANCWL had nine (9) functioning women's structures in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Transvaal and others. She was also serving at that time as the provincial secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDSAW), which was a UDF Affiliate.

Comrade Duarte started her professional career as a Management Accountant at Anglo American Properties Limited, and later Raven Press. She was with the latter when she was served with a restriction order. During this period, she worked with Beyers Naude to set up and administer a scholarship fund to educate and skill ANC and UDF activists, progressive crop of public servants. She was detained without trial in 1988, released and placed under restriction orders until the State of Emergency was lifted. Following the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, she was appointed to serve on the Interim Leadership Core.

Comrade Duarte was elected to the PEC of Gauteng in 1990 and served as MEC for Safety and Security in the first Gauteng government in 1994.

She was elected onto the National Executive Council of the ANC in 1999, and she has remained a member of the NEC since. Cde Duarte was also deployed in the Foreign Affairs Department and served as South Africa's High Commissioner to Mozambique. Upon her return from her international deployment, she was appointed as the national Spokesperson of the ANC before being deployed as a Chief Operations Officer in the country's Presidency in Pretoria until she resigned in April 2010.

Comrade Jessie Duarte was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC at the 53rd National Conference in Mangaung in December 2012, a position she was re-elected to at the ANC's 54th National Conference in Nasrec in 2017.

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Media Statements

5 March 2016 ANC's participation in Israeli Apartheid Week (7 - 13 March 2016)
15 December 2015 Outcomes of National Working Committee Meeting Held on the 14th December 2015
1 October 2015 ANC mourns passing of Cuban Revolutionary Jorge Risquet Valdes-Saldana
31 October 2014 COSAS pig head campaign
8 October 2014 ANC rejects accusations against Cde Winnie Mandela
10 July 2014 The situation in Gaza Strip
26 May 2014 The appointment of the ANC spokesperson
20 May 2014 NEC statement on the outcome of the special NEC
11 February 2014 ANC response to the DA claims on jobs
9 November 2013 The Court Interdict by the Security Cluster
7 May 2013 The attack of Syria by Israel
20 November 2009 ANC statement on reports of NPA`s decision to charge Ramatlhodi
26 August 2009 ANC statement on the death of Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy
24 August 2009 ANC congratulates athletes
18 August 2009 ANC statement on press freedom
18 August 2009 ANC statement on the crisis in the medical aid industry
13 August 2009 ANC condemns leaking of disinformation to media
13 August 2009 ANC media statement on the outcome of by-elections
11 August 2009 ANC statement on the death of Cde Pandelani `Sparks` Ramagoma
11 August 2009 ANC media statement on by-elections
11 August 2009 ANC statement on the outcome of the court interdict by Adv Vusi Pikoli
7 August 2009 ANC Media Statement on Women`s Day
29 July 2009 Statement on the appointment of Bhekokwakhe (Bheki) Hamilton Cele as the National Police Commissioner
27 July 2009 ANC hard at work despite power failure and strike threat
23 July 2009 ANC media statement on service delivery protests
21 July 2009 ANC thank members who heeded the call to volunteer during the Nelson Mandela Day
19 July 2009 ANC Media Statement on the appointment of Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank Governor
15 July 2009 ANC media statement on Electoral Court Judgment
15 July 2009 ANC calls for participation in the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations
10 July 2009 ANC bolstered by performance in by-elections victory
6 July 2009 Let us have a debate
3 July 2009 ANC welcomes decision by doctors to return to work
1 July 2009 ANC media statement on upcoming by-elections
25 June 2009 ANC media statement on NERSA
25 June 2009 ANC statement on SA Institute of Race Relations and the opposition
23 June 2009 ANC-ANCYL statement on North-West
23 June 2009 ANC NDAC concludes appeals hearing over expelled members
21 June 2009 ANC NEC concludes visit to NW province
21 June 2009 Zuma thank the people of Mpumalanga
8 June 2009 ANC statement on National Health Insurance (NHI)
1 June 2009 ANC welcomes Zille admittance of error in cabinet appointment
1 June 2009 ANC mourns the death of Dirk du Toit
27 May 2009 Eviction of refugees a breach of SADC treaty - ANC
27 May 2009 ANC statement on Labour Brokers
26 May 2009 Latest economic stats call for partnership
26 May 2009 ANC supports COSATU`s call for enquiry into mine deaths
26 May 2009 ANC distances itself from claims by Tebogo Merathe
25 May 2009 ANC statement on the Cabinet Lekgotla
12 May 2009 ANC assures Cabinet of its unwavering support
12 May 2009 ANC astounded by Zille attack on Zuma
11 May 2009 ANC saddened by Death of Nomvula Khellinah Shoba
7 May 2009 ANC Statement on By-Election Results
6 May 2009 Skweyiya retires from parliamentary politics
11 January 2009 ANC statement on deaths at East London Rally
9 January 2009 ANC takes manifesto dialogue online
8 January 2009 Media statement on reports on Former President Mandela and ANC Rally
17 December 2008 ANC NEC decision to beef up the Western Cape Provincial Executive Committee
12 December 2008 ANC statement on judgement on `congress of the people` application
10 December 2008 ANC satisfied with hearing on Congress of the People application by Jessie Duarte
10 December 2008 Jessie Duarte`s statement on African National Congress`s meeting with Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut
9 December 2008 ANC to appeal the decision of the Electoral Court by Jessie Duarte
8 December 2008 People speak and ANC listens
8 December 2008 People speak and ANC listens by Jessie Duarte
25 November 2008 ANC statement on the apology by Mbhazima Shilowa
20 November 2008 ANC will proceed with high court application on party name
18 November 2008 ANC Statement on Election date by Jessie Duarte
14 November 2008 The ANC will act to protect its political identity
14 November 2008 ANC condemns false and reckless reporting
12 November 2008 ANC statement following voter registration weekend
11 November 2008 ANC Media Liaison Team
8 November 2008 ANC warns against intolerance by Jessie Duarte
8 November 2008 ANC urges youth to seize the weekend
5 November 2008 ANC statement on the 2008 US Presidential Election
4 November 2008 ANC welcomes artists in defence of the ANC
3 November 2008 ANC statement on the court challenge
3 November 2008 Lekota and George resign ahead of disciplinary hearings
31 October 2008 ANC satisfied with outcome of High Court Application
31 October 2008 ANC acts to protect its name
31 October 2008 ANC accepts resignation of Mosiuoa Lekota
31 October 2008 ANC President and Billy Nair did not smoke dagga
24 October 2008 ANC statement on Parliamentary Vote on the National Prosecutions Authority Amendment Bill and the South African Police Amendment Bill
23 October 2008 ANC mourns the death of Comrade Billy Nair
13 October 2008 ANC statement on meeting with Lekota
10 October 2008 ANC statement on the Springbok emblem
8 October 2008 ANC statement on Lekota press conference
7 October 2008 ANC statement on the election of Paul Mashatile as Premier of Gauteng
7 October 2008 ANC mourns the death of Esther Barsel
3 October 2008 ANC recommends Paul Mashatile for Gauteng Premier
30 September 2008 ANC statement on reports of new political party
29 September 2008 ANC NWC statement on the resignation of Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa
25 September 2008 ANC statement on the election of Kgalema Motlanthe as President of the Republic of South Africa
20 September 2008 Statement by the National Executive Committee of the ANC
17 September 2008 ANC dismisses contents of SMS message
17 September 2008 NPA decision to appeal is ill-considered
12 September 2008 High court judgment a victory for justice
11 September 2008 ANC congratulates SA Paralympics team
11 September 2008 Thousands expected to show support for ANC president
11 September 2008 ANC to host MDM Summit, 13-14 September 2008
2 September 2008 Statement on matters of interest between the ANC and the ANC Youth League
2 September 2008 ANC President heads delegation to Tanzania
2 September 2008 Summit to look at Merafong issue
26 August 2008 ANC mourns the death of January `Che` Masilela
31 July 2008 ANC respects constitutional court ruling
29 July 2008 ANC hosts massive birthday bash for Madiba
25 July 2008 ANC President to visit Zambia and Mozambique
25 July 2008 Arms deal document not an ANC product
23 July 2008 ANC distances itself from Cape Argus document
22 July 2008 ANC welcomes Zimbabwe agreement
11 July 2008 Report on ANC newspaper `plans` incorrect
25 June 2008 ANC statement on e-TV News bulletin concerning ANC President Jacob Zuma
18 June 2008 ANC members to form part of SADC observer mission
18 June 2008 ANC welcomes NERSA determinations
10 June 2008 ANC congratulates Million Man March Organisers
6 June 2008 Zimbabwe must honour SADC guidelines on free elections
6 June 2008 ANC President to visit India and China
17 April 2008 ANC president to visit European countries
15 April 2008 Statement of the ANC National Working Committee Meeting of 14 April
2 April 2008 ANC statement on meeting with Helen Zille
28 February 2008 Open letter to the editor of the Star
19 February 2008 ANC applauds the Springboks
9 January 2015 Final preparations for the 103rd Anniversary celebrations to be held on the 10th January 2015
6 August 2009 ANC statement on the appointment of the new Chief Justice
29 June 2009 ANC statement on the murder of a Khayelitsha toddler
29 June 2009 Statement on the Doctors` Strike
10 December 2008 ANC concerned about missing Zimbabwean activists
10 November 2008 ANC mourns the death of Miriam Makeba by Jessie Duarte
6 November 2008 ANC expels councillors in Breedevallei Municipality
11 April 2008 Jacob Zuma Birthday Wishes

Miscellaneous Documents

9 October 2008 ANC meeting with Terror Lekota
12 June 2008 ANC President meets President Hu Jintao