Ramaphosa visits Jessie Duarte in hospital as she prepares to go on medical leave

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Before jetting off to Nigeria for a seven-day West Africa tour on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited ANC deputy secretary-general (DSG) Jessie Duarte in hospital, ahead of her medical leave.

Duarte was admitted to hospital on Sunday with gastrointestinal complications, which required medical attention.

According to the party's spokesperson, Pule Mabe, Duarte was in need of an interventional procedure and treatment. 

The initial procedure was successful, but they were awaiting further results.

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"As a result, the DSG will be on medical leave for the next few weeks. She will discharge her duties and responsibilities in accordance with advice from her medical team," Mabe said.

Mabe said Ramaphosa found Duarte in good spirits, and he conveyed the best wishes of the leadership and membership to her and her family.

Duarte is being treated by a medical team headed by Professor Jose Ramos of the University of the Witwatersrand.

"The DSG will be assisted in the execution of her duties and functions by full-time officials and NEC members based at ANC headquarters."


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