Meghan Markle pays tribute to murdered South African student as a ‘personal gesture’

Meghan Markle pays tribute to murdered South African student as a ‘personal gesture’

The Duchess of Sussex has posted an image showing her tying a ribbon to railings at the post office where a 19-year-old South African student was raped and murdered last month, in an effort to ‘recognise’ the victims of gender based violence.

Meghan tied a yellow ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office, where University of Cape Town student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana was killed on Saturday, August 24.   

The royal also offered condolence to Miss Mrwetyana’s mother during the two-day visit to show ‘solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide,’ a social media post has revealed.

‘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,’ the Instagram post read.  

The crime has sparked outrage and once more highlighted the issue of high rates of violence against women in the country.

Meghan (pictured) tied an orange ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office, where University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was killed on Saturday, August 24

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured) has visited the memorial to a murdered South African student as a ‘personal gesture’ after ‘closely following the tragic story’, Buckingham Palace said

The royal offered condolence to Miss Mrwetyana’s mother during the two-day visit to show ‘solidarity’ against gender based violence, a social media post has revealed

The makeshift memorial decorated with flower bouquets and condolonce messages at the Clareinch Post Office in the Claremont suburb in Cape Town where Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, was raped and killed

In a post to their Instagram account SussexRoyal an image of Meghan tying the ribbon was posted alongside a lengthy caption.

It said: ‘“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.

Ms Mrwetyana (pictured) had gone to collect a parcel but was told to come back later and found the suspect alone, it is alleged

‘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.’ 

Meghan wrote on a yellow ribbon left at the scene in the local language Xhosa: ‘We stand together in this situation. Harry and Meghan September 26, 2019’, according to images taken by Sun royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

It joined dozens of coloured ribbons which were left in tribute to the popular teenager, known as Nene.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that earlier this week The Duchess made a private visit to the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana.

‘Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make.’

Local schoolgirls wanted to take pictures of Meghan during her visit, according to The Sun, but were stopped by her Met police security team. 

Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana, 19, was bludgeoned to death with a post office scale in Claremont, it is claimed, after she was allegedly lured inside by an employee

Aaliyah Jacobs, 17, whose high school is opposite the post office told the publication that her visit had meant ‘so much’. 

‘It means a lot that she came to our community and paid tribute without showing off without any publicity. She was being genuine,’ she said.  

Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana, 19, was bludgeoned to death with a post office scale in Claremont, it is claimed, after she was allegedly lured inside by an employee. 

The University of Cape Town student had gone to collect a parcel but was told to come back later and found the post office worker alone, it is alleged. 

A 42-year-old post office worker is currently on trial for her murder. 

Last year South Africa recorded a 6.9 per cent increase in the numbers of murders countrywide.

There were an average 57 murders a day and at least 137 sexual offences committed every day, according to official figures, in a country of 57million.

Women Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said more than 30 women were killed by their spouses last month alone.

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise slammed the ‘senseless killings’ of women in the country.

‘It is clear that a war has been declared against women and girl children… it cannot be business as usual.

‘Extraordinary interventions are called upon to bring an end to these senseless acts of lawlessness. This is a crisis,’ she said.

 

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