The man believed to be the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman, whose killing has shocked South Africa, has been charged with her murder at a court in Johannesburg.
Karabo Mokoena’s mother wept as she arrived at the hearing.
A widespread online campaign to find Ms 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.
The suspect, who has not yet pleaded, will remain in custody after the case was adjourned until 24 May, local Jacaranda News reports.
Police are still waiting for DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body, which they said was “badly burned”.