Jessie Duarte was married to John Duarte. They got divorced in 2001 after failing to resolve their differences. They had two children together.
There isn’t much information about John Duarte however, he was one of the individuals who showed up in the proof of money flows from Gupta contracts.
Consultancy firm, Combined Private Investigators said John Duarte worked with Gupta associate, Salim Essa. The state capture commission heard that the company paid them through a private entity, Chivita because they were deal brokers and rainmakers.
Jessie Duarte, the acting secretary general of the African National Congress previously held the position of MEC for safety and security in the province of Gauteng from 1990 to 1994.