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How does South Africa’s femicide rate compare?

In the five-year period from 2015 to 2020, a total of 13,815 women over the age of 18  were murdered, according to the South African Police Service. That’s an average of 2,763 murders a year, or about seven women a day.

​​Compared with other countries where stats are available, South Africa ranks among the five countries with the highest female homicide rates with Central and South American countries like Venezuela, Honduras and El Salvador, according to data accompanying the 2019 Global Homicide Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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