The man believed to be the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman whose killing has shocked everyone has appeared in court in Johannesburg to face murder charges.
Karabo Mokoena’s mother wept as she arrived at the hearing.
A widespread online campaign to find Mokoena was called off on Wednesday when her father confirmed her death.
The case has sparked a fierce debate about the levels of violence faced by women in South Africa.
Police are still waiting for DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body, which they said was “badly burned”.
The case has prompted an outpouring of anger and grief in South Africa, mostly by women who took to social media to share stories of abuse they had suffered at the hands of their partners.
The suspect will remain in custody after the case was adjourned until 24 May, local Jacaranda News reports.
The hashtags #RIPKarabo and #MenAreTrash have been trending across the country as women call for an end to violence against them.
South Africa has among the highest rates in the world for the rape and murder of women.
More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks.
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and the EFF have sent its heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Karabo Mokoena.
Mokoena was allegedly killed and burnt by her ex-boyfriend and was reported missing on April 28.
She was enrolled as a part-time student.
Police discovered her body on April 29 and started with their investigation. A 27-year-old man has been arrested for the murder.
Matuba said all perpetrators of such atrocities must be denied bail and a maximum sentence must be imposed if found guilty.
The ANCWL appealed to the State to object bail when the alleged killer was expected to appear in court on Friday.