A Katlehong man has been arrested for raping a 7-year-old girl and slitting her throat, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.
"It is alleged that on 20 November 2011 the suspect broke into his ex-girlfriend's shack in a squatter camp in Palm Ridge, Eden Park," Captain Pinky Tsinyane said in a statement.
"The mother was not there when he found her two children asleep."
He allegedly raped a 7-year-old girl, slit her throat and fled the scene. The girl was hospitalised and survived.
Since then, the police had been searching for the man, 33, who had recently started working at a factory in Wadeville, south of Johannesburg.
"Yesterday [Tuesday] they received information that he was back at work, working night shift. He was arrested in his rented shack this morning [Wednesday] in extension two Katlehong."
He was expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on charges of rape, attempted murder and house breaking.