Nomvula Ramonotsi, 36, was unresponsive during the short proceedings at the Protea Glen Magistrate's Court yesterday. Ramonotsi will know next week whether she will be granted bail.
She was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly strangling her 74-year-old foster mother in Central Western Jabavu.
It was alleged that Ramo- notsi lived with her corpse in her house for five days.
A relative jumped the wall of the home to see whether the victim was inside, after she had not been seen for several days.