“It is alleged that on 20 November 2011 the suspect broke into his ex-girlfriend’s shack in a squatter camp in Palm Ridge, Eden Park,” said Captain Pinky Tsinyane in a statement.’€¨’€¨

“The mother was not there when he found her two children asleep.”‘€¨’€¨He allegedly raped the girl, then slit her throat. Her mother found the little girl choking in her blood when she returned to the shack at about 2am.

For two-and-a-half months, the police were unable apprehend the man ‘€“ even though they had the man’€™s name and workplace details.

As a result, the mother asked social workers to find a safe place for the child, who was discharged from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Friday.

The child and her five-year-old brother, who witnessed her rape, have been placed in foster care.

After the story appeared in The Star yesterday, the police followed up at the suspect’€™s work in Wadeville.’€¨’€¨

“Yesterday [Tuesday] they received information that he was back at work, working night shift. He was arrested in his rented shack this morning [Wednesday] in extension two Katlehong,’€ according to Tsinyane.

He is expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape, attempted murder and house breaking.

The child’€™s mother, who cannot be named to protect the child’€™s identity, said she was very relieved to hear about the arrest.

‘€œThis is very good news. I feel relief,’€ said the 28-year-old unemployed mother.