Another group of students from the same residence who spoke to TimesLIVE said they also received the WhatsApp message from Mbatha’s roommate on Sunday.
“Her roommate wrote on the WhatsApp group and asked for help, but we were scared to go to her room and look at the body. She is very traumatised, she couldn’t even explain what had happened properly at the time because she was crying,” they said.
Gwala said on Wednesday the man was still on the run.
Four years ago, a 21-year-old student at the university, Zolile Khumalo, was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend, Thabani Mzalo, at the Lonsdale student residence in the Durban CBD. He was sentenced to life in 2020.