‘I’m not sleazy, it’s the media’s fault’

2010-04-30 18:01

ANC leader Jessie Duarte lost a new job because of “destructive”

media reports about her reasons for resigning from the Presidency.

Duarte, the chief operating officer in the Presidency, was quoted

in The Star as

saying she had received a telephone call from an international company after her

resignation from the Presidency, withdrawing a job offered to her.

Duarte said: “I had a job, until about an hour ago. I don’t know

what I am going to do. I just pray that I get a job.”

Duarte said the company she would have joined on June 1 had

contacted her yesterday morning to withdraw its employment offer.

The firm said it was concerned about being linked with the

controversy that had dogged her since the resignation email she wrote to ANC

secretary-general Gwede Mantashe in February was leaked to the media.

Duarte dismissed reports that she had resigned because of poor

relations with her colleague Lakela Kaunda, who heads President Jacob Zuma’s

private office.

Duarte said: “I am not sleazy, I am a professional. I took a

decision which I discussed with the president, Mantashe and my employers. They

all understood.”

She insisted that she and Kaunda were friends: “Kaunda is not a

bully. She is an assertive black woman. There are people who want to push people

around for their own gain, but she is not one of them.”

Duarte is a member of the ANC’s national executive committee and

national working committee.

She has served as the Gauteng safety MEC, as an ambassador to

Mozambique and a spokesperson for the ANC.


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