The family and neighbours of an elderly pensioner who was raped and murdered at her Hlathi Dam home at Inquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal have urged police to make a "quick arrest".
Gladys Mvimbi, 89, was killed a week ago and buried on Saturday. Now residents fear the suspect, a known local, will strike again.
They say the man was released on bail after allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl.
The residents, who refused to be identified, say Mvimbi was killed on the day the suspect was released on bail.
Mvimbi's body was discovered by a friend who went to check on her when she failed to turn up for a church service. She had been raped and her throat slit.
Mvimbi's granddaughter Phumzile Kubheka said her family was "in pain".
"She suffered a horrible death. Her body was found after two days. Rats had started to eat into her flesh. But what hurts us most is that the police have not made any arrests even though the community knows who the suspect is."
Kubheka said they wanted police to arrest the man. "I have been asking them about the case since last week and they always say their computers are down," she said.
Mvimbi's niece, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "Police only came with a government vehicle to take her body away and then never returned. The suspect also attacked my grandmother in 2005 and stabbed her."
Policing forum chairman Nkosinathi Xaba said all information pointed to the suspect. "There is a history of this man attacking and raping women in the area. When he was arrested for the rape of a child, Mvimbi told police that he had attacked and raped her previously."
Police were not available for comment.