Empangeni - A man has been jailed for 20 years for raping his niece in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Thursday.

Colonel Jay Naicker said the 52-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday by the Empangeni Regional Court.

The 14-year-old girl went into her uncle's room to fetch her uniform as she was preparing for school on March 1 last year. He then raped her.

The teenager told her mother and the man was arrested. - Sapa