902 A crime scene expert takes pictures of the scene on 7th street in Linden where 3 men tried to hijack a woman after a chase with the police that started in Robindale. 190208. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

A man accused of rape was found dead in Krugersdorp on the West Rand on Thursday, police said.

Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said the man appeared to have taken some poison. His body was found in Kudu Park in Rant-en-Dal.

Police were to have arrested the 57-year-old man at his home in the morning after a charge was laid against him on Saturday.

“The man was not at home when the police arrived. They later learnt that a local resident had found him dead in a public park.”

Dlamini said a 14-year-old teenager claimed she had been raped several times by her stepfather.

The matter was reported to the police during a child abuse and sexual offences campaign.

Dlamini said an inquest docket was opened but no foul play was suspected.

“We are waiting for the post-mortem results to establish the exact cause of the man's death.” - Sapa