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Girl (2) raped in Kuruman

A 40-year-old man is behind bars in connection with the rape.

A 40-year-old man is behind bars in connection with the rape. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - A man has been arrested for raping a child, Northern Cape police confirmed on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Mozambican national allegedly raped a two-year-old girl in Kuruman at the weekend.

He was arrested at his shack shortly after the girl's mother reported the incident on Monday.

Police spokesperson Olebogeng Tawana says the suspect will appear in the Kuruman Magistrates Court on Thursday.

"The child was playing outside her home, not far from the suspect's shack. The mother soon realised the child was no longer outside. She went over to the suspect's house to enquire about the child's whereabouts. When she arrived she saw her daughter emerging from the suspect's bedroom."

Several people have been arrested for child rape in recent weeks.

Police are still investigating a rape case involving a nine-month-old girl in Franschhoek.

Two men were arrested after the baby's mother reported the incident at the local police station last week.