Meghan Markle Makes Trip To Memorial Site Of Murdered South African College Student

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits “Work in Progress” at the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town. During the event the Duchess was given a bracelet.

Meghan Markle Makes Trip To Memorial Site Of Murdered South African College Student

19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana went missing in late August and was confirmed dead in September.

Published September 28, 2019

Written by Paul Meara

Meghan Markle is making sure the story of Uyinene Mrwetyana will not be forgotten.

The Royal Duchess of Sussex made a trip earlier this week to South Africa, in part for a private visit to the memorial of the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student who was raped and murdered, allegedly by a post office worker.

Mrwetyana went missing in late August and her death was confirmed in September. “Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture [Meghan] wanted to make,” Markle’s spokesperson told PEOPLE.

Markle visited the memorial at the Clareinch Post Office where Mrwetyana died. Paying tribute to the young woman, she left a handwritten message in the girl’s native language of Xhosa, which read, “Harry & Meghan 26th September 2019. We stand together in this situation.” 

She also added a yellow ribbon to the many already at the site, in honor of Mrwetyana’s life.

The official Instagram account for the Duchess relayed a more extensive message about Mrwetyana’s tragic death.

Uyinene Mrwetyana was bludgeoned to death on the day she was reported missing after she returned to the post office to retrieve a package. Her body was found a week later in the nearby township of Khayelitsha, according to the BBC.

At Mrwetyana’s funeral in east London on September 7, Police Minister Bheki Cele recalled her final moments during the assault: “With all the innocence in the world … she begins to realize that there is a problem here. This guy attacks this young woman, this young woman fights, she fought back heavily. She fights, and for some reason, she loses footing, and he rapes her,” he said, according to local news outlet News24.

A 42-year-old suspect was arrested in connection to the murder and appeared in court earlier this month. Prosecutors reported that the man, whose name has not been released, had confessed to raping and fatally beating Mrwetyana, then burning and dumping her body. The trial is scheduled for November.

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