President Cyril Ramaphosa, who will deliver the eulogy at Westpark Cemetery, accompanied by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and Duarte’s sons and brothers, walked behind the hearse carrying her remains on Sunday.
She will be buried according to Muslim rights.
An emotional Sisulu speaking outside the house as Duarte’s remains left her home said she was an “outstanding woman who was principled, driven and stood her ground”.
Sisulu said Duarte, was “almost part of our family”, as her mother Albertina had hired her in 1979 as her aide.
“I was invited to Russia, and while I was there I tried to get medication for her. I succeeded but arrived home too late.”