Stabbing of female CPUT student at UWC caught on camera

24 days ago
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Students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) were left traumatised after one of their peers was stabbed by a CPUT student at her South Point residence over the weekend.

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The incident was caught on camera and the footage has been widely circulated on social media.

The video shows the perpetrator stabbing the woman, who is reportedly his wife and a student at the nearby Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), while she is bloodied on the floor.

According to FC van Wyk, a police spokesperson, a 30-year-old man was arrested and is currently being held under police guard in a hospital.

‘Belhar police registered an attempted murder case following a stabbing incident on Saturday afternoon at a student accommodation in Belhar, where a 26-year old female student was injured.

‘Circumstances surrounding this stabbing incident are under investigation. The injured victim was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. Investigations continue,’ said Van Wyk.

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CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley told IOL that the university offered help to students who may have been traumatised by the incident.

‘A female CPUT student is recovering in hospital after being violently stabbed by a male known to her. The alleged perpetrator is a student at a neighbouring university.

‘The incident happened at a privately owned residence. The female student sustained serious injuries and has been transferred to Tygerberg Hospital for emergency surgery.

‘She is being supported by CPUT management and at this stage our focus is on her recovery and well-being and notifying her family. The alleged perpetrator has been arrested and will await a court appearance.

‘Therapy has been offered to fellow CPUT students who may have been traumatised by this incident, and we will roll out face-to-face counselling next week. We will also work in conjunction with SAPS to ensure a full investigation is carried out. Our focus is on supporting the student and the others who witnessed it,’ said Kansley.

Meanwhile, UWC spokesperson Gasant Abarder said they condemned any act of gender-based violence.

He added that the institution will liaise with police and will take immediate action as soon as it received the relevant details of the incident from the SAPS and its own investigating team.

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