Meghan and Archie head for Joburg as Uyinene tribute grabs global attention
Meghan Markle flew out of Cape Town on Saturday as the ripples from her visit to the post office where Uyinene Mrwetyana was killed spread around the world.
The Duchess of Sussex carried her baby, Archie, on to a British Airways flight at Cape Town International Airport, and was expected to land in Johannesburg around 4pm.
Meghan's post on the sussexroyal Instagram account, showing her tying a yellow ribbon to the railing at Clareinch post office in Claremont, where Mrwetyana was murdered on August 24, won widespread praise on social media.
Within six hours, the post had attracted 275,000 likes, and many Twitter users also lauded the duchess for drawing attention to the issue of violence against women during her five-day stay in Cape Town.
The Instagram post said Meghan had spoken to Mrwetyana's mother this week.
Family spokesperson Thembelani Mrwetyana told TimesLIVE: "Yes, we can confirm that the duchess had a telephonic conversation with Mrs Mrwetyana. The conversation was private and as such we prefer not to divulge its contents."
Meghan and Archie will be reunited with Prince Harry in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and they will conclude their 10-day tour of southern Africa on Wednesday, when their last engagement will be a meeting in Pretoria with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The 42-year-old post office clerk accused of raping and murdering Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old University of Cape Town student, is due back in court on November 5.
Uyinene is such a beautiful young woman. It angers me what happened to her. It’s so horrible, disgusting, painful, and frustrating that these things are happening around the world. I totally stand with Meghan on this. God said vengeance is mine!!!! 😔🥺 pic.twitter.com/IFCaVIfYbm— Forever Harry and Meghan (@21caela) September 28, 2019
This is a very sad story. I applaud Meghan for reaching out to show respect & compassion to Uyinene's family. I also applaud Meghan for standing in solidarity with the women of South Africa against the femicide that is happening in the country. Hopefully change will happen soon.— Erikk_the_Dane™ (@Erikk_the_Dane2) September 28, 2019
Violence against women is a global issue but SA stats are staggering. I’m so pleased Meghan spoke personally 2 Uyinene’s mum&is speaking 2 people on the ground 2 educate herself on the issues&how she can help amplify the #AmINext movement. I hope 4 real tangible change 🙏🏽— Alicia FOHN (@AliciaJ1985) September 28, 2019
Confronted with the reality of how Uyinene Mrwetyana died, and the knowledge that the post office must now be added to the long list of places to be scared of, women in South Africa are reaching what feels like a breaking point. https://t.co/6K9YPuMJDM— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 24, 2019
I will never ever forget you. I'm confident that justice will prevail, you're not just a girl who got raped and killed. You're more than that, to me you're a warrior, lover and a fighter. I may not know you in your lifetime but I will carry on your legacy in a way I can. #uyinene pic.twitter.com/sIDHCNcm0O— Nicole Mthembu-Harrington (@MthembuNicole) September 21, 2019