A man who allegedly "specialises" in raping pregnant women has been arrested by police in Mpumalanga.
The 27-year-old suspect from KaNyamazane Township's Section 2 outside Nelspruit was arrested at Dwarsloop in Bushbuckridge on Tuesday afternoon. He is expected to appear in the KaNyamazane magistrates' court today.
Robert Makhubela, the Mhala police spokesman, told Sowetanpolice received information from community members that a man wanted by KaNyamazane police was hiding at Mathulapata in Dwarsloop.
"Members of the community had positive information about the suspect. So we just had to confirm with our colleagues at KaNyamazane police and obtain a case number before we could arrest him," said Makhubela.
The suspect was transported to KaNyamazane, where he was detained pending his court appearance.
The arrest of the suspect has prompted the Mhala police in Mpumalanga to warn criminals that their policing area was not a hiding place for people who commit crime elsewhere in the country.
"Criminals who commit crimes somewhere in the country should be warned that our policing area is not a place to hide. We will arrest them without hesitation," warned Makhubela.
KaNyamazane police spokesman, Constable Chicco Nkosi, said the police had been looking for the suspect for a long time.
He said the police were on his trail after at least five complaints were received that a man fitting the suspect's description had raped pregnant women.
"At the moment we have positively identified the suspect as the one who allegedly raped a pregnant woman.
"We are now trying to link him to other similar cases in which only pregnant women were raped," said Nkosi.
"We believe this suspect specialises in raping pregnant women only.
"We are very thankful to the communities in Bushbuckridge as well as the Mhala police who reacted like lightning to bring the suspect to book," added Nkosi.
He asked rape victims who believe this suspect might be the one who had raped them to come forward so "we may conduct an identification parade".