Sandile Mantsoe, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend of seven months, Karabo Mokoena. Picture: Lindi Masinga/ANA

Johannesburg - Sandile Mantsoe who allegedly murdered and set alight his girlfriend of seven months, Karabo Mokoena, is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday. 

Mokoena was reported missing on April 28 and her photographs circulated on social media. Her body was found the next day in a shallow grave. Her family later reportedl y said her body was burnt beyond recognition.

Karabo Mokoena Picture: Twitter

On June 30, Mantsoe was denied bail and Magistrate Carlos Labuschagne read into record that Mantsoe was facing charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice, while handing down his bail judgement. The charges constitute a schedule six criminal offence - which could result in life imprisonment if found guilty. 

He said Mantsoe only submitting an affidavit was not the best option for applying for bail. The magistrate added that his replying affidavit contradicted his admission to the police and this had created doubt in the mind of the court. 

Mantsoe, 27, has been behind bars for about a month after he allegedly murdered and set alight Mokoena, his girlfriend of seven months, and buried her in a shallow grave in Bramley.

Earlier, Labuschagne said that Mantsoe had wrongfully and intentionally burnt the body of Mokoena, cleaned the crime scene and knew his actions would result in her body being burnt beyond recognition.

According to Mantsoe, she had previously taken pills and was saved by himself and a security guard, which was why he believed she had committed suicide.