UCT students bemoan poor mental health support, Parly committee visits campus

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training visited the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday in light of student unrest on campus.

Students have been protesting over the proposal to hike fees next year and other issues, including rising student suicides and the lack of mental health support.

Classes were canceled and some students arrested last week when a group of at least 200 protesters caused disruptions.

Students feel that university management is failing to address mental health issues on campus.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price claims there have been six "deaths due to unnatural causes" this year.

Meanwhile, UCT SRC President Karabo Khakhau says the university must acknowledged them as suicides.

Khakhau says lack of support, feelings of isolation and financial worries contribute to depression and suicidal thoughts among students.

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