The heartbreaking plea issued to Meghan Markle ahead of South Africa trip - ...

President of South Africa Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa admitted the country is facing a national crisis of violence against women, and Meghan is expected to show support for those campaigning on the issue. Zintle Olayi, the Cape Town spokesperson for #TheTotalShutdown intersectional women's movement, told Sky News: "I think our country is really broken, and we're not ok and I'm not sure really how we are going to receive them coming here but definitely it couldn't hurt to have someone of that profile or that magnitude to speak on the issues of gender-based violence." Talking about the impact Meghan could have, Ms Olayi added: "It means the state will take us seriously, the private sector will take us seriously and in general men in South Africa will take us seriously, seeing someone as Meghan speaking against the behaviour men inflict on women on a daily basis."

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The first engagement of the tour will be at a township in Cape Town where the Sussexes will view a workshop that teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety and which provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community.

They will then go to the District Six Museum to learn about how they are reuniting members of the community forcibly relocated during the apartheid era, when more than more than 60,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Shahied Ajam was living there at the time and now helps those still fighting to return.

Speaking about the royal visit and the painful legacy of apartheid, he said: "For Prince Harry to come here, I must say, is a big step towards the what we call the healing process.

Meghan Markle and Prince HarryMeghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle and Prince HarryMeghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

“If people see Harry and talk to him, maybe he will understand and identify with their plight."

He added: "In regards to the history of the English, or Britain, in this country, if we speak in terms of colonialism we can't wipe that away but Harry being of a new generation can turn the tables with a gesture.

“With a practical and tangible gesture to say to the people of District Six: 'I'm here for you'."

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