KZN ongoing students’ protests: burning mattress was thrown out of dorm

In the heat of the moment, students of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) set afire and then thrown a mattress and a refrigerator out through the window.

As police officials said “protesters threw various items, including a refrigerator and mattresses”, from a building during a protest at the Hospital Road residence in South Beach, Durban, on Thursday night.

“We can confirm that last night at 22:30, a group of students blockaded Hospital Road with bins and mattresses. The police managed to disperse the crowd. No case or injuries reported,” police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said.

After some time, protesters carried mattresses on a roadway and set them on fire again.

This is not the first time students at the residence have embarked on this type of protest action. Just two weeks ago they did the same, protesting against living conditions at the residence.

“University management was working to resolve all outstanding student accommodation matters,” the UKZN spokesperson Normah Zondo said.


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