The man accused of killing Duduzile Zozo was a neighbour and lived in a street behind her, the Star reported on Tuesday.
Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng (22) appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's court on Monday.
According to the report, Motleleng was one of the mourners who attended a night vigil the night before Zozo's burial and offered comfort and condolences to the family.
Zozo's mother and sister were present in court and took pictures of Motleleng.
He was arrested on Friday and charged with the murder. Police believe she was strangled.
On June 30, the half-naked body of 26-year-old Zozo was discovered in Tokoza, Ekurhuleni.
Her mother Thuziwe Zozo reportedly said she suspected her daughter was killed because she was a lesbian, with many assuming the crime was an instance of "corrective rape".
The Star reports that, apart from the toilet brush that was found shoved in her vagina, no blood was found at the scene of the crime there didn't seem to be any signs of a struggle. – Sapa, additional reporting by Staff Reporter.