Jessie Duarte

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Jessie Duarte
Deputy Secretary General of the African National Congress
Assumed office
18 December 2012
Preceded by Thandi Modise
Personal details
Born Jessie Yasmin Duarte
(1953-09-19) 19 September 1953 (age 64)
Coronationville, Gauteng, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress

Jessie Yasmin Duarte (born 19 September 1953) is a South African politician and deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress. A long time anti-apartheid activist, she has served variously as a special assistant to Nelson Mandela, a member of the provincial cabinet (MEC) for Gauteng, as ambassador to Mozambique and as spokesperson for the ANC, before assuming her current post as Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC in 2012.

In 2009 she featured in the news for two recorded diatribes launched against journalists Philani Nombembe of The Sunday Times[1] and John Humphrys of BBC Radio.[2]

In 2014, Duarte publicly compared Israel's alleged actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to that of Nazi Germany.[3] This drew strong rebukes from Jewish groups within South Africa.[4]