Johannesburg - A seven-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl were raped at a 45-year-old man’s house in Soweto, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

The children went to his spaza shop on Sunday in Zola, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

The man was arrested on Tuesday night with 68 other men during a raid in the area.

The men faced charges ranging from murder to rape, sexual assault, fraud, theft, and business burglary, Makhubela said.

Among those arrested was a 35-year-old man who allegedly raped a 22-year-woman on March 1.

She was raped in an open veld after attending a night church vigil.

All the men were expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday. - Sapa