An eight-year-old child was allegedly raped by the caretaker of her school in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.
Police arrested a 30-year-old man after they found "sufficient evidence" that he was responsible.
The child is a pupil at Woodlands Primary School and now detectives are appealing to other possible victims to come forward. The caretaker lives on the school premises.
The child's mother, whose name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of her daughter, yesterday recalled to Sowetan how she was shocked to find "bloodstains" on her daughter's underwear. "The first thing I did was report the matter to the local police station."
Speaking from her home yesterday, she said police were very supportive and reacted instantly.
"This quick response by the police in investigating the case led to the arrest of a caretaker at the school she goes to."
She said her child was very "traumatised and is undergoing counselling".
Police spokesperson Henry Budhram yesterday said that while police were investigating at the school, it first appeared as if the child was raped by young school boys, but medical tests later revealed that the person responsible was an adult male.
"Police subsequently arrested a 30-year-old man, a caretaker at the school after enough evidence pointed to him as the suspect."
Budhram said further investigations revealed that the rape took place after school hours while the child was waiting for her transport to go home.
It is feared that other school children may also have been victims of rape by the same caretaker, but that it has not been reported.
"The possibility that other pupils were victims cannot be ruled out and parents are urged to report immediately if they had ever suspected anything," he said.
The suspect is expected to appear in court today.