Johannesburg - The 28-year-old murder suspect accused of concealing the body of his girlfriend in a shallow grave in his Vlakfontein shack finally appeared - five hours late - before the Protea Magistrates Court in Soweto on Tuesday.
Earlier in the morning court proceedings had to be delayed to allow the murder accused identified as Thokozani Samuel Sibeko to be checked by a doctor after he claimed he had been tortured overnight while in custody.
Commenting on the matter outside the court, Gauteng Community and Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said: "The information that we received from the station commander is that they had to send him for medical assessment in the morning.
"As you know, suspects will allege that they were tortured at police stations trying to get information."
The MEC said she was aware that the accused had "confessed" to the murder to community members.