The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday wished Deputy Secretary General (DSG) Jessie Duarte, a speedy recovery.
Duarte was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, 28 November 2021 with gastrointestinal complications requiring various investigations, an interventional procedure, and other treatment.
“Further results are awaited. The initial procedure has been successful. As a result, the DSG will be on medical leave for the next few weeks,” said ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe.
“She will discharge her duties and responsibilities in accordance with advice from her medical team.
“The work of the ANC in general, and the office of the secretary general in particular, will continue unabated.”
Mabe said Duarte will be assisted in the execution of her duties and functions by full-time national officials and NEC members based at ANC headquarters.
Earlier on Tuesday before President Cyril Ramaphosa departed for Nigeria on a week-long four-nation visit to the Western Africa region, he visited 68-year old Duarte in hospital.
“He found the DSG in good spirits and conveyed the best wishes of the leadership and membership to her and her family,” said Mabe.
“The DSG is being treated by an excellent medical team headed by Professor Jose Ramos of the University of the Witwatersrand.”