The University of the Western Cape has confirmed the suspension of a student accused of stabbing a Cape Peninsula University of Technology student, in Belhar over the weekend.

The incident took place on Saturday outside one of CPUT ‘s privately owned residences.

The victim is reportedly fighting for her life in hospital, while the suspect is in police custody.

Her attacker made a first appearance in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where the case was postponed until next Monday – the 20th of November 2023.

He is a student at the University of the Western Cape – and the victim is believed to be his wife.

The incident comes at a time where the institution is facing criticism of how they have handled sexual assault, and gender-based-violence allegations against two of its SRC leaders.

UWC’s spokesperson, Gasant Abarder says the university has a zero tolerance approach to GBV.

“We are with our students, we feel their anger and we acknowledge it. We just want to say as the university for any prospective student or current student we have a zero tolerance approach to gender based violence. If you are found guilty, you will be expelled from the university and you will have no place at our university”.