Staff and students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are this week having to come to terms with the tragic deaths of three students.
Two second-year law students committed suicide within days of each other - some reports claim the pair were in a relationship - and a third student was shot and killed at the weekend.
Our students lives really matter to us - we feel their pain.— Prof. Cherrel Africa, Spokesperson at UWC
For young people, and students in particular, we are aware of the pressure they are under.— Prof. Cherrel Africa, Spokesperson at UWC
Africa says there is a range of support structures in place at the university - including counselling and student support services.
The sad reality is that, at times, there are instances where those don't go far enough.— Prof. Cherrel Africa, Spokesperson at UWC
The university says none of the incidents happened on campus and memorials will be held for the deceased students.
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