Girl (10) allegedly raped by neighbour

A 19-year-old man is accused of raping his neighbour in the North West.

A 19-year-old man is accused of raping his neighbour in the North West. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - North West police have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly raping his 10-year-old neighbour near Itsoseng, near Lichtenburg.

The man allegedly raped the girl in an open field on Christmas Day after asking her to accompany him to a nearby village.

Police say when the child got home, she told her mother what had happened.

Her mother took her to a nearby hospital where the rape was confirmed.

The police's Pelonomi Makau says the suspect will appear in court on Friday.

North West Premier Thandi Modise condemned the rape, describing the act as ghastly.

She says the man has robbed the girl of her innocence and betrayed her trust.

Spokesperson for the premier Lesiba Kgwele says there's no place for those who rob young children of their dignity.

"She has called on real men to stand and be counted against the scourge of rape."