For Immediate Release
18th July 2022
SATAWU EXTENDS ITS CONDOLENCES TO THE DUARTE FAMILY
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) sends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late African National Congress (ANC) Deputy General Secretary Cde Jessie Duarte who passed away yesterday. Comrade Duarte died at the age of 68 years.
Comrade Jessie was an apartheid activist who fought against the apartheid Government. She dedicated her life to the struggle, to make sure that the lives of the poor and the working class improve. Comrade Jessie held different positions not only in the ANC but in the Trade Unions as well and in South African Government. She played a very important role when she mobilised domestic workers and she participated in the strike Committee for the National Union of Mine Workers. The former DSG of the ANC also played a huge role in the re-establishment of the SACP.
Comrade Jessie passed away at a time when the country needs her the most. It is indeed a great loss both in Politics and in South African Government. Comrade DSG Duarte believed in women empowerment especially young black women, an equal society, a free Gender Based Violence South Africa, no-racial and non-sexist society.
SATAWU wishes to send its heartfelt and deepest condolences once again to the ANC, Duarte and Dangor families. They are in our prayers during this difficult time. Comrade Jessie will be dearly missed by all of us.
Issued by SATAWU