The man charged with the murder of Tshegofatso Pule has refused to apply for bail.
Muzikayise Malephane made his first court appearance in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
He told that court that he would not apply for bail during his next court appearance.
The case against the 31-year-old has been postponed to 24 June to allow him to secure legal representation.
Pule went missing on 4 June.
Four days later, a member of the public found her body found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort. She had sustained multiple stab wounds.
She was eight months pregnant.
Malephane was arrested on his way to Mpumalanga on Monday.
He was arrested through the collaboration of community members.
Addressing the nation on developments around South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19 on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa also used the opportunity to speak out against gender-based violence.
He insists that “the perpetrators of violence against women and children must receive sentences that are fit for the horrific crimes that they commit”.
In Kwazulu-Natal, an elderly woman was raped and a child was found dead in a field while other two young women were shot dead.
On Sunday, a woman and her child were killed at their home in Western Cape.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice and Correctional Services is looking at three pieces of legislation, which could help in the fight against rising levels of gender-based violence in the country.
The department is amending the Criminal Amendment Bill. This Bill seeks to deny GBV offenders bail.
The second bill includes Domestic Violence Amendment Bill which talks about the various domestic violence women experience in the main.
The final one is the Sexual Offences Amendment Act. this seeks to put those who commit sexual offence to go into the sexual offenders list.
Currently, only those who commit a sexual offence against a minor will go into the sexual offenders list.