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'I am getting stronger by the day': ANC's Jessie Duarte on fighting cancer

24 April 2022 - 14:50
Jessie Duarte says she is fighting hard to regain her health.
Jessie Duarte says she is fighting hard to regain her health.
Image: Freddy Mavunda

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has taken to social media to dispel rumours she has died and speak about her health battle.

In a voice note circulating on social media, Duarte reassured South Africans she is very much alive and recovering from cancer.

“There is a rather unfortunate message making the rounds and it is creating a little bit of unpleasantness and panic. Apparently, according to whoever started this rumour, I passed away this morning. I am still alive, I am getting stronger by the day and unfortunately it is ... cancer. It has its own challenges but I am fighting really hard to regain my health, but I wish you a pleasant evening and a great Sunday ahead of you. Thank you very much,” says Duarte in the voice note which appears to have been recorded on Saturday night.

The ANC on Sunday morning released a statement condemning the rumours about her death

Party spokesperson Pule Mabe slammed the social media rumours as fake news.

“The ANC has learnt with great shock of fake news messages doing rounds that our deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has passed away. These fake news messages are very inhumane, barbaric, inconsiderate and very hurting to the person of the DSG, her family, friends, comrades as well as to the broader mass democratic movement.

Mabe said those responsible for the dissemination of the malicious and insensitive rumours should immediately refrain from doing it.

He said the ANC will continue to offer moral support to the DSG and also update the nation at large on progress of her recovery.

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