An alleged child rapist from Majemantsho, outside Mafikeng in the North West, was so ashamed of his deeds he decided to end his life by hanging himself.
Janjie Leshomo allegedly enticed a 12-year-old girl, who lives at the other side of the same village, to accompany him to his house last Friday.
For two days Leshomo kept the girl captive and repeatedly raped her, said Captain Jacob Mothibi, a police spokesman in the Molopo area.
On Sunday the girl managed to escape and alerted her parents, who reported the matter at the police.
Police estimated the man's age to be between 23 and 25. - Elisha Molefe