WATCH | Protesting students bring parts of Durban CBD to a standstill over Wi-Fi

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Police have blocked off roads near the Seaboard Residence in Durban South Beach following a student protest.
Police have blocked off roads near the Seaboard Residence in Durban South Beach following a student protest.
Thabiso Goba

A burning mattress and other projectiles were thrown out of windows into the street as students protested over Wi-Fi connectivity issues in Durban's CBD. 

This led to police having to block off roads near the Seaboard Residence in Durban South Beach following Tuesday morning's protest. 

The glass door entrance to the building was smashed and litter was being scattered on the street. 

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The glass door to the entrance of the residence was smashed during the protest.
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Ashes from items that the protesting students were burning.

The residence contains a mixture of University of KwaZulu-Natal and Mangosuthu University of Technology students along with regular residents. 

Gift Phewa, a UKZN student, told The Witness that students have been complaining for a long time about the Wi-Fi issues at the residence.

“All universities are using online teaching and we cannot be still raising Wi-Fi issues today. If a student fails because they could not submit their assignment, there is no lecturer that's going to understand that it was due to Wi-Fi issues,” he said. 

Security guards and officials from UKZN arrived at the scene to consult with the students.

A heavy police presence was still monitoring the area at midday on Tuesday.

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