A man was arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl in Centane, Mthatha, on Sunday, Eastern Cape police said.

On Saturday around 10pm, a friend of the child's brother came to visit him, but found the child alone in a room separate from the family's home, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

The 27-year-old man allegedly raped the child.

“It is not known where the brother of the victim was when she was raped,” Manatha said.

The man would appear in Centane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. - Sapa