File picture: Bongani Mbatha

Cape Town - Butterworth police have arrested a 67-year-old man for allegedly raping his nine-year-old stepdaughter, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday at Yako informal settlement in Butterworth.

It is alleged that the rape took place on Monday at about 7:20am at the informal settlement. 

According to police, the mother of the victim had gone to work and had left both the suspect and the victim in their shack. 
 
Police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said that upon her return from work, the mother noticed that her daughter was behaving in a manner to which she was not accustomed. The woman questioned her daughter closely and the girlbroke down and told her about the alleged rape. A case was subsequently opened at the Butterworth police station.
 
“Police acted swiftly and found the suspect at their shack. He is due to appear before the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday 14 December.”

African News Agency/ANA