The current Deputy Secretary General is Jessie Duarte. She was elected Deputy Secretary General at the 53rd National Conference in 2012.
Her term of office will expire in December 2017 when the 54th National Conference will elect a new Deputy Secretary General.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.