King William's Town - Butterworth police have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman, Eastern Cape police said on Saturday.

It was alleged that the victim had left a traditional ceremony on Friday morning at about 3.20am and was on her way home when she met the suspect at Mqambeli locality, Bawa village, Butterworth, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

"The victim requested the suspect to accompany her to her home. The suspect agreed, but when they [were] nearer the home of the victim, the suspect was aggressive, saying that he cannot just accompany her. He demanded to have sex with the victim. When the victim refused, she was severely assaulted and dragged to a nearby forest where she was allegedly raped.

"The suspect later forced the victim to go to his home where they slept until the morning. The victim was then allowed to go home. A case of rape was registered at Butterworth police station. Police acted swiftly as they traced the suspect and arrested him," Manatha said.

Butterworth policing cluster officers warned the community to end traditional ceremonies at about 5pm to avoid crime.

African News Agency/ANA