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Violence and causes of death in country

The incidence of violent deaths in South Africa is alarmingly high.

Violence and causes of death in South Africa

The incidence of violent deaths in South Africa is alarmingly high. No fewer than 38,77% of all cases of unnatural death in 2005 were due to violence/ homicide, and almost the same percentage (38,78%) due to accidents of which the majority was due to road accidents. Almost 10% of unnatural deaths were due to suicide. These figures are according to the publication, A profile of fatal injuries in South Africa, the Seventh Annual Report of the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System in 2005. 

 

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