The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is in South Africa, where she made a private visit to the memorial site where a 19-year-old student from Cape Town was raped and murdered, provoking outrage in the country and urging thousands of people to protest the high rate of sexual violence in the country.

During this “personal initiative,” Prince Harry’s wife tied a yellow ribbon on the memorial in front of the post office where Uyinene Mrwetyana was attacked last month.

On the Instagram account of the royal couple, it is said that it was important for Meghan Markle to pay tribute to the victim in private, to express his solidarity with those who fight against violence against women. The message also emphasizes that the Duchess spoke with the victim’s mother. 

More than 100 rapes are reported daily in South Africa. The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called his country “one of the least safe places for a woman”.