The community of Belhar is calling on the two big universities in the area, to beef up security at student residences.

The call follows the murder of the University of the Western Cape student, Kamva Dasi, over the weekend.

On Wednesday, the UWC’s management and the students held a wreath-laying ceremony.

The Community Police Forum says there’ve been a number of social events taking place at South Point, just off campus.

And students from UWC and Cape Peninsula University of Technology are often targeted by criminals.

CPF spokesperson Ishmael Arnold says these two institutions must prioritise the safety of students.

“UWC had promised to deploy private security to the South Point area, and install CCTV cameras. This will not minimise the crime, but curb the crime in the area”.

Meanwhile, UWC spokesperson Gasant Abarder says talks are underway to address the matter.

“ We are also speaking to fellow universities and tertiary institutions in the area, to see what we can do outside of our campuses to keep our students safe”.