Johannesburg - A man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 53-year-old woman in Elliotdale, Eastern Cape police said.

The woman was sleeping in a room on Tuesday night when an intruder kicked open the door and raped her, said Major Zamukulungisa Jozana.

It was unclear whether she was in her own home when this happened. The woman alerted the police and the 34-year-old man was arrested.