Mpumalanga police are looking for a man who raped a woman minutes after he had given her a R10 note which he said was in appreciation of her beauty.
Although the incident happened on Monday night, police said yesterday they had not yet arrested the suspect but claimed he was known.
The 32-year-old woman had gone to the local Surprise tavern at Siyathuthuka township, near Belfast, when a male patron bought her a few drinks.
"After the drinking spree, the man gave her a R10 note and told her it was a token of showing that he appreciated her sparkling beauty," said Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane yesterday.
Khoabane said the woman's husband was at work on night shift when the woman went to the tavern alone.
When she returned home, she somehow forgot to lock the main door, apparently because she had had one too many, and went to her bedroom to sleep. She was surprised when she discovered the man sleeping next to her.
Khoabane said the man immediately grabbed her by the neck and forced himself on her.
He said the rapist then gave the woman R150 and asked her not to tell anyone about what had happened if she really needed to save her marriage.
Meanwhile, an 11-year-old girl who had apparently been raped by her uncle in the early hours of New Year's Day has finally broken her silence.
The girl reported the rape at Tonga police station near Malelane on Monday afternoon.
"The 33-year-old uncle allegedly woke the girl at about 4am and instructed her to sleep very close to him on the bed before raping her. She told us that she was too afraid to report the matter until a relative she had shared the 'secret' with advised her to do so," said Khoabane.
The suspect allegedly threatened the victim with death if she told anyone. The suspect was still at large yesterday afternoon.
Investigations are continuing.