Meghan Markle will speak out on 'gender violence' when she arrives in South Africa next week with Prince Harry for a nine-day official visit
- It is thought Meghan wants to raise issue within hours of landing in Cape Town
- South Africa has been hit by nationwide protests over the past few weeks
- They have followed a series of murders of women including Uyinene Mrwetyana
It is understood that Meghan intends to raise the issue within hours of touching down in Cape Town as she and Prince Harry visit an impoverished township in the city on the first morning of their nine-day official visit to Africa.
South Africa has been hit by nationwide protests over the past few weeks after a series of murders of women, and the country’s president has admitted that he is struggling to cope with the crisis.
It is understood that Meghan (pictured with Prince Harry yesterday) intends to raise the issue within hours of touching down in Cape Town
The couple jet off on the first royal tour as a family on Monday, and will travel through Southern Africa for 10 days (pictured, during their first tour together in Australia in October)
Among the murders was that of Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, a student from Cape Town who was raped and bludgeoned to death with a set of scales in a post office.
The violence involved in her murder sparked national outrage even in a country where, according to the World Health Organisation, the rate of ‘femicide’ [women being murdered] is already five times the global average. Women’s minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said this week that more than 30 women were killed by their spouses last month alone.
On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an emergency plan to stop the resurgence in violence against women. During an emergency sitting in the National Assembly, he admitted that South Africa was one of ‘the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman’. Visiting members of the Royal Family tend to shy away from getting involved in the politics of their host country.
But sources close to Meghan and Harry confirm that they will speak about gender violence. ‘It would be strange for them not to address it in the current climate given how much of their official programme, particularly the duchess’s, is about women and women’s issues,’ a source said. ‘But it will, of course, be done respectfully.’
The couple are taking their four-month-old son Archie with them, but there is no guarantee the public will get to see him.
Among the murders was that of Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, (left and right) a student from Cape Town who was raped and bludgeoned to death with a set of scales in a post office