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A 17-year-old teenager who allegedly raped a six-year-old girl and bought her silence with a slice of polony committed suicide on Tuesday night.
The teenager from Kamaqhekeza near Nkomatipoort, Mpumalanga, saw the child every day because she used to go past his parents' home on her way to school.
On Tuesday afternoon, he again saw her coming from school, allegedly called her and promised to give her a slice of polony. The child went inside the house without knowing he was hoodwinking her.
The girl later told her mother that when she reached the dining room, the teenage boy offered her polony, but she refused because her mother had taught her not to accept gifts from strangers.
She said he then undressed her and repeatedly raped her in the dining room.
Police spokesman Mzwandile Nyambi told Sowetan that the girl's mother started getting worried when she realised that her daughter was not coming back from school as usual.
She decided to search for her. When she approached the boy's house, she saw her daughter staggering towards the gate.
"She took her home. She then realised the girl was bleeding from her private parts. She reported the matter to police the following day," said Nyambi.
Police said the teenager decided to take his life after realising the girl's mother had found out about the rape. His body was found hanging from the rafters in the dining room.
Nyambi said police are investigating a case of rape. An inquest docket into the teen's death has also been opened.