There is still a trace of blood on the stairs, where flowers have since been placed in memory of the 20-year-old.
Madonsela was a third-year business administration student from Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal. His family learnt about his death on social media and declined media interviews.
DUT’s vice-chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu said he was “truly sorry” about the student’s death and the way in which his family learnt about it. The university would assist with funeral arrangements.
Gwala, the deputy secretary-general of the EFF-led student representatives council (SRC) shared a room with Madonsela on the last night of his life.