290114. Sarah Mathe(29) who is grieving after her younger sister Maria Mathe(25) was found dead near the Swartruggens shopping complex, her heart and lungs were removed. 352 Picture: Dumisani Sibeko.

Swartruggens - A man accused of killing, raping and mutilating a woman appeared in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The case against the 33-year-old man was postponed to May 14 for the decision of the director of public prosecutions, Captain Pelonomi Makau said.

Twenty-five-year-old Maria Mathe's decomposed body was found behind a tavern near Swartruggens shopping complex by a passer-by on January 26.

“Her face was allegedly smashed with a stone and her stomach was cut open from the belly button to the chest,” Makau said.

He said it was not known whether the murder was linked to muti killings.