The deputy president said Duarte’s relentless spirit must equally propel the ANC to win the war against gender-based violence, femicide, child abuse, rampant crime and other social ills in SA’s communities.
The anti-apartheid stalwart was remembered as a unifier who hated factionalism and patriarchy. Mabuza attested to this, adding that Duarte’s commitment to organisational renewal and unity was unwavering. As a result, her departure compels the party to go back to the basics to regain lost ground and restore public trust, said Mabuza.
“We must eliminate destructive internal structures that undermine organisational renewal and unity. In her memory, we should never let the ANC crumble because of our selfish behaviour. We should never allow disagreements and preferences of leadership to tear the organisation apart,” Mabuza said.
The president of Cosatu, Zingiswa Losi, spoke highly of Duarte's commitment to equal representation of women.
“We have leant that you are one of those brave women leaders who contested a space predominantly controlled by men. You represented the aspirations of women who wish to be politicians and continue to inspire the confidence of an honest leader amid the bleakly tainted political terrain.”
Losi applauded Duarte for emerging victorious against what she termed ‘detractors of factional politics’ to represent the ANC in its purest form.
“While in that office you were trusted with key and sensitive information and did not use it for wrong motives.”