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UCT students robbed at gunpoint on campus

The University of Cape Town says the nine students are receiving counselling.

FILE: University of Cape Town. Pictures: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says nine students who were robbed at gunpoint on its upper campus are receiving counselling.

The group of students were sitting on the grass knoll above Madiba Circle at the weekend, when they were approached by two armed men who demanded their possessions.

The suspects fled the scene.

The UCT's Azwi Mufamadi says none of the students were injured.

"Resident staff and Department of Student Affairs have also been assisting students since the attack and have arranged for them to receive immediate trauma counselling and support."

Mufamadi says a UCT student was also robbed at knifepoint while walking in Claremont last Friday.

Earlier this month, the university was also forced to temporarily suspend its health services in Khayelitsha for about a week, after six students were robbed at gunpoint in Site B.