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A tribute to the fearless, strong, humble Jessie Duarte

A tribute to the fearless, strong, humble Jessie Duarte

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By Bram Hanekom

In times of mourning it is common practice for people to express their condolences and offer support to the family of the deceased.

While still respecting the deceased, some people scramble to catch the limelight through flattering tributes and sometimes controversial statements, taking advantage of the space to uplift their names. There have been a few of these kinds of responses by people following comrade Jessie Duarte’s passing, but most still showed respect.

Respecting the deceased and their family is a universal practice that crosses all cultures, it is one of the characteristics that make us human.

Unfortunately Carl Niehaus has failed to be human in this regard.

While I have had the honour of knowing Jessie Duarte and members of her family for several years I would not normally consider writing a tribute, but Carl Niehaus must be called out.

Comrade Jessie was a fearless and powerful person, she never “played along” or held back. She always spoke her mind, never seeking to please the room.

As a leader, she remained humble and grounded as an activist, always available for solidarity protests and always available to her friends.

 

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