The accused, Mackson Elias Sibiya, 72, of Dludluma village near the Mozambican border, appeared in the Tonga Regional Court on Tuesday, a Sapa correspondent reported.
Previously, the accused was nearly locked up in custody after he skipped his first appearance at the regional court on September 4.
Sibiya, who made his way into the court dock using a walking stick, was arrested on October 9, 2013.
He is accused of hacking his friend Armando Manyonola Chauke, 50, of Dludluma village, to death, after a fight broke out between the two at a tavern.
Magistrate Edgar Moletsane postponed the case to December 2 for trial.