The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited the post office where 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered in August and wrote a special message on a yellow ribbon in her honour

Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, arrived in SA last week for a 10-day tour of Southern Africa.

The royals kicked off their tour in Cape Town where they visited several NGOs making a difference in impoverished and crime riddled communities.

While Prince Harry made his way to Botswana, Angola and Malawi alone, Meghan remained in Cape Town with their son baby Archie.

On Saturday, the couple’s official Instagram page shared a picture of Meghan attaching a yellow ribbon with a special message to a railing where Uyinene was murdered.

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Simi kunye kulesisimo” – ‘We stand together in this moment’,” read the message on the ribbon.

The picture was accompanied by a lengthy caption about Meghan paying tribute to Uyinene

“The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender-based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Cape Town, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa.”

It was also confirmed that Meghan visited Uyinene’s mom earlier in the week to offer their condolences.

“Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to the Duchess.”

When Prince Harry and Meghan first arrived in the country, they visited the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, which has been dubbed the “murder capital”.

Meghan gave an emotionally-charged speech to residents who had gathered to welcome them

“And just on one personal note, may I just say that, while I’m here with my husband as a member of the royal family,… I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”

Prince Harry also spoke against gender-based violence.

“No man is born to cause harm to women and this cycle needs to be broken,” he said.

 

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“Simi kunye kulesisimo” – ‘We stand together in this moment’ The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Capetown, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa. The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences. Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess. Uyinene’s death has mobilised people across South Africa in the fight against gender based violence, and is seen as a critical point in the future of women’s rights in South Africa. The Duchess has taken private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls. For more information on the recent events in South Africa, please see link in bio. #AmINext

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