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Ngqamakwe, Eastern Cape - The rapist of an 82-year-old woman was arrested when he was found sleeping on her bed afterwards, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.
Residents of Xilinxa village in Siqithini Location, Ngqamakwe, alerted the police when they found the 42-year-old man on the woman's bed in the early hours on Monday, said Captain Jackson Manatha. He was arrested.
Manatha said the elderly woman woke when a man opened the door to her room at 11pm on Sunday.
He threatened her with a knife and raped her before falling asleep.
Manatha said the woman left the man on her bed and went to alert her son, who was sleeping in another room.
“Her son called community members, who alerted police,” he said.
The man, who was identified as a friend of the woman's son, was arrested and was being held at the Ngqamakwe police station.
He was expected to appear in the Ngqamakwe Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of rape. - Sapa