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How does South Africa’s femicide rate compare?

The South African Police Service's annual report recorded 25,204 murders in 2021/22, an increase of 26.6% from the 19,904 recorded in 2020/21. Of these, 3,198 were women. That’s an average of about nine women murdered every day.

​​Compared to other countries for which statistics are available, South Africa ranks among the five countries with the highest female homicide rates, along with Central and South American countries such as Venezuela, Honduras and El Salvador. This is according to data accompanying the 2019 Global Homicide Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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