Nzimande said he had directed the DUT council to ensure the Ndlovu family was given the necessary care.
"I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile’s death," he said.
Nzimande added that Ndlovu's death had cost the country "an engineer in the making who could have been instrumental in addressing challenges in our economy".
"An industrial engineer, which Sandile was to be, finds answers to many important problems in manufacturing, distribution of goods and services, health care, utilities, transportation, entertainment, and the environment. Indeed, we have lost a young person who was going to play a significant role in moving our country forward," he said.