Rise in student suicide rate at UCT prompt calls for urgent enquiry

Rise in suicide rate

Rise in student suicide
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Bonile Khanyi

Increasing suicide rate among University of Cape Town students this year has caused mental distress and panic, with students calling for the university’s Vice Chancellor Max Price to immediately intervene.

Speaking to Inside Education on Wednesday, newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC) President, Karabo Khakhau confirmed a social media report that seven UCT students committed suicide since the beginning of this year.

According to media reports, the institution confirmed the death of a 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce student at its Forest Hill residence last month.

Lutendo Prudence Nwedo died of an apparent suicide.

This comes shortly after another UCT student was found dead in a university residence in August.

Twenty-year-old actuarial sciences student Tiyiselani Mpangane was found dead in her room at Obz Square on August 11.

These incidents have not only caused anxiety among fellow students on campus but have prompted calls for an emergency institutional commission of inquiry into all the deaths of students at the university.

“We want Vice-Chancellor Max Price, to do something about our mental facilities on campus. We can’t sit back and watch some of our fellow students resorting to suicide after failing to deal with the struggles they face on campus and off campus,” said Khakhau.

Some students have expressed shock at the number of students who have committed on and off campus.

Inside Education tried to speak to the university’s management, but to no avail.



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