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How many women and children are murdered in South Africa in a year?

In 2020/21, a total of 2,655 women were murdered in South Africa. This is a 1.5% decrease from the previous year. A total of 882 children were murdered in 2020/21 – a 6.5% decline from the previous year.

According to the South African Police Service’s Fourth Quarter Crime Statistics 2021/2022,  alarmingly, the number of children and women being murdered have shot up by 37.2% and 70.5% respectively.  Out of the 6,083  people killed in the country in the fourth quarter of 2021/2022, 898 of them were women and 306 were children under the age of 17 years.

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