Meghan Markle Visits Memorial Of Slain South African Student Uyinene Mrwetyana

September 28, 2019  |  

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The murder of South African student Uyinene Mrwetyana tugged on heart strings across the world, including the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. She recently took a trip to Mrwetyana’s memorial to pay her respects to the slain teenager, who attended the University of Capetown.

While traveling through Africa with her husband, prince Harry, it was reportedly important to Markle to make the “personal gesture” of visiting her memorial. According to her Instagram page, she wanted to “show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide” in South Africa.  Markle tied a ribbon at the memorial, which is located where Mrwetyana was brutally raped and murdered in August.

“Simi kunye kulesisimo” — meaning “We stand together in this moment,” read the caption under the picture of her tying the ribbon.

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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 SA, please continue to follow our tour #AmINext

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The Duchess is also inspired to become more involved in fighting for women’s rights.

“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,” the caption continued.

Mrwetyana’s killer, a 42-year-old post-office employee has been arrested and charge for her rape and murder.

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