Jessie Duarte biography: age, profile, education, net worth, positions & political party

Jessie Duarte (born 19 September 1953 in Johannesburg) is a renowned South African politician. She currently serves as the acting secretary-general of the ruling party – African National Congress (ANC).

She is an active member of the party and has been involved in national politics under several positions. Duarte holds the record as the Personal Assistant of the first South African President. 

She has further contributed to the growth of the ANC and made a notable impact in national politics. She was able to record these achievements through the political positions she held.


Jessie Duarte biography
Jessie Duarte biography.
NameJessie Yasmin Duarte
Born19 September 1953 (age 68 years)
Newclare, Johannesburg
NationalitySouth African
BrotherAchmat Dangor
PositionActing secretary-general of ANC
Net worth$500000


She was born in Newclare, Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 1953. 

Jessie Duarte (68) has other siblings and some of them are in the limelight. Her brother, Achmat Dangor was a writer, poet, and development professional.

Person Life

When not running the political affairs under her management, she is a proud mother of two children. She has male and female children.

Her son is a company owner and the organization deals with Information Technology. Lumkile Mondi claimed in 2018 that Jessie’s children were connected with the Gupta family.

She refused to wave it off over silence saying that her children were not associated with the controversial Gupta family. 


She had her academic pursuit in Coronationville, Johannesburg, Gauteng (then Transvaal). She had her studies at the institution and studied until her Grade 12 (Standard Ten).


To earn a living, she worked as a Management accountant. This is the start of her professional career.

The year 1979 saw her recruited by Albertina Sisulu to set up women’s structure throughout South Africa.

Two years later, in 1981, she served under the position of secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW).

At the time, she was working with Reverend Beyers Naude to establish and also administer a scholarship fund.

In 1988, Jessie was detained even without undergoing trial. She was then released but placed under restriction orders until the lift of the State of Emergency.

Following her appointment to the ANC’s Interim Leadership Core in 1990, she was elected to the Gauteng PEC.

She served as the MEC for Safety and Security in the Provincial Executive Council (PEC). 

Until 1994, she was the Personal Assistant to former president Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

In 1991, she was a member of the Regional Executive Committee of the ANC. She served in the position for three years leaving in 1994.

She became a special assistant to Nelson Mandela in 1990. After serving for four years, Jessie left in 1994.

From 1997 until 1999, she served on the ANC National Executive Committee. From 1997 until 1999, she served on the ANC National Executive Committee.

For four years, starting in 1994, she served as a member of the provincial cabinet for Gauteng. Occupying the position of MEC, Safety, and Security, she served until 1998.

Jessie was South African ambassador to Mozambique for four years (1999-2003). After serving as an ambassador, she was appointed National Spokesperson of the ANC.

Following was her deployment as Chief Operations Officer in the Presidency. She served in the position but her resignation was in April 2010.

In December 2012, following an election, Jessie became the Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC at the 53rd National Conference in Mangaung.

Notable Positions

  • Regional Executive Committee, ANC (1991-1994).
  • National Executive Committee, ANC (1997-1999).
  • National Spokesperson, ANC.
  • Ambassador of South Africa to Mozambique (1993-2003).
  • Chief Operations Officer in the Presidency.
  • Deputy Secretary-General, ANC.

Current office

She is currently occupying the position of the Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling party – ANC.

Jessie Duarte is a notable member of the political party and has served as one of the oldest and most active members.

Net worth

Duarte’s career as a politician has earned her a net worth of $500000.


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  2. Jessie Duarte. Wikipedia retrieved in May 2021.
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