Harry and Meghan arrive on tour in Nyanga near Cape Town, known as the & # 39; murder capital of South Africa & # 39;
The duke and duchess of Sussex have arrived in a township that is often described as the & # 39; murder capital & # 39; from South Africa amid a high level of security, while their son Archie is left behind with his babysitter.
Harry and Meghan today visit Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside Cape Town, where according to recent statistics one in 206 people are killed every year.
The couple's first stop on their 10-day tour through Africa has been arranged in the midst of a large security presence, with details that have been kept secret until the last moment to prevent unrest.
Their son, who travels with them, does not accompany them this afternoon and will stay with his babysitter in their home.
The family of three arrived 40 minutes late this morning in Cape Town after their nocturnal British Airways flight from London.
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Harry and Meghan (pictured greeting school children) today visit Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside Cape Town, where one in 206 people are killed each year, as the first stop on their 10-day tour through Africa
Harry and Meghan are pictured as they arrive today in Nyanga, near Cape Town, often the & # 39; murder capital & # 39; from South Africa
Radiant, Meghan, 38, was depicted with the four-month-old Archie, who was wearing a cute bobble hat for the occasion. The young royal family had a striking resemblance to his father, who was depicted with a similar hat in the arms of his mother, Diana.
Harry, 34, said yesterday that he & # 39; could not wait & # 39; to present his son this morning before the trip to Africa.
Nyanga, whose name & # 39; moon & # 39; means in the local dialect of Xhosa, is one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town and was founded in 1946 as a result of the labor migrant system.
Today, unemployment is well over 50 percent and HIV / AIDS is a huge problem for the community.
Meghan squats down as he greets a schoolboy who lives in Nyanga, the most dangerous city in Cape Town
The Duchess of Sussex leans over to hug a Nyanga schoolboy while the couple arrives in the troubled congregation for today's visit
Harry shines as he kneels to say hello to a schoolboy waiting to greet him in Nyanga, near Cape Town, South Africa
Although residents actively participated in the national protests against apartheid laws that were passed in 1960, it has become notorious for black on black violence, which was exploited by the local police.
Crime is still rampant, despite many admirable community initiatives, not only with the highest number of murders in the country, but topping the lists for auto-jacking and a reputation for robbery. Last year there were 308 murders.
The couple visits a Justice Desk initiative in the municipality of Nyanga, which teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and offers self-defense lessons and training for female empowerment to young girls in the community.
The Justice Desk is an NGO supported by The Queen & # 39; s Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry serves as president and Meghan as vice-president.
Harry (left) and Megan (center) are pictured arriving this morning in Cape Town with their son Archie's baby
The Duke of Sussex is portrayed as a smiling Meghan walks behind him with four-month-old Archie in her arms as they get off their British Airways flight this morning in Cape Town
To date, the Justice Desk has directly assisted more than 35,000 people, schools and communities.
Upon arrival at the Nyanga Methodist Church, the Duke and Duchess meet Jessica Dewhurst, founder of Justice Desk and Queen & Young Leader, and Theodora Luthuli, Community Desk of Justice Desk.
Jessica takes them on a walking tour of various activities that take place.
Primary school children in Nyanga gathered this morning to greet the royal family, with an impressive display of traditional dancing
Members of the Nyanga community gathered to watch dancers having fun while welcoming Harry and Meghan
Theodora enters the learning center and then introduces the couple to her mother and the founder of the center, Sylvia Hobe.
Their Royal Highnesses will then follow the Mbokodo Girls & Empowerment program, which offers self-defense lessons and female empowerment training to young girls who have suffered a major trauma.
The motto of the project is, & # 39; waithint & # 39; abafazi wathint & # 39; imbokodo & # 39; – when you hit a woman; you hit a rock.
The session starts with the students reciting & # 39; Our Deepest Fear & # 39 ;, the national anthem of the club, after which the girls break up into four training groups.
Harry and Meghan are guided by the groups and learn about the purpose of each of the activities before they come together again to form a circle where the girls have the opportunity to talk to them privately.
Then their Royal Highnesses leave the learning center, followed by the girls singing their team song.
Harry and Meghan will each, unusually, make a short address, followed by a presentation of a gift from the Justice Desk and a group photo, before they leave.
Nyanga: The & # 39; murder capital & # 39; from South Africa
Nyanga is one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town, founded in 1946 under the apartheid migrant labor system. The name means & # 39; moon & # 39; in the local dialect of Xhosa.
In 1948, migrants were forced to settle in Nyanga because the nearby Langa became too small.
It is located along the N2 highway close to the city's only airport, Cape Town International, and other deprived townships of Gugulethu and Crossroads.
It is known as the & # 39; murder capital & # 39; from South Africa, with an average of one in 206 people killed every year.
The number of murder cases in the area fell by 6.2 percent for the year 2018/2019, but still remains the most deadly in the country. It also has a reputation for auto jacking and robberies.
Harry and Meghan's first stop – Nyanga (photo) – is considered the & # 39; murder capital & # 39; from South Africa, where one in 206 people are killed every year
Unemployment is currently well above 50 percent and HIV / AIDS is still very common.
Residents of Nyanga were actively participating in the national protests against apartheid laws that were passed in 1960, but later became notorious for black-on-black violence after the tensions were increased by the local police.
They were also deeply involved in the student revolts of 1976 that were caused after Afrikaans became the first official language of South Africa in schools.
Black-on-black faction fighting continued into the 1980s, when police officers were accused of exacerbating tensions along community lines.
Nyanga consists of nine smaller townships (Lusaka, KTC, Old Location, Maumau, Zwelitsha, Maholweni & # 39; Hostels & # 39 ;, Black City, White City, Barcelona, Kanana and Europe).
Nyanga (residents depicted) is one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town, founded in 1946 under the apartheid migrant labor system
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