Violence halts UCT health services in Khayelitsha

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Health services provided in Khayelitsha by students from the University of Cape Town remained suspended following recent armed attacks on them, reports The Times.

UCT spokesperson Patricia Lucas said that Bangiso Drive in Site B‚ Khayelitsha‚ had been identified as a “crime hotspot” and that security concerns would first be addressed.

The report says it was recently reported that UCT had suspended its student health services in the area after six health sciences students were robbed at gunpoint outside Ummangaliso Primary School. This was the second armed attack on UCT members in the area in two months.

“A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday … between UCT staff members and various stakeholders‚ including South African Police Services‚ Education Department officials‚ schools and community structures in Khayelitsha‚” said Lucas. “We hope that the outcome will benefit not only UCT teams but also those who live and work in the area.”

Services provided by medical‚ health and rehabilitation students serve hospitals‚ community health clinics and schools in Cape Town, the report says.

The Times report

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