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Shocking SA child murder stats revealed

The figure has been revealed in a written Parliamentary reply from the Police Ministry.

FILE: Elsies River residents remember slain three-year-old Courtney Pieters. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There were 969 child murders in South Africa in the 2014/2015 financial year.

The shocking figure has been revealed in a written Parliamentary reply from the Police Ministry.

In the 2013/14 financial year, there were 846 murder cases reported against children.

That statistic rose by 14.5% the following year.

The response from Police Minister Fikile Mbalula also contains details of the murders over those two years.

Over 600 children were killed with a knife, while firearms were used in almost 400 cases.

Other causes of death involved poison, a booted foot, an axe and boiling oil.

The Democratic Alliance’s Dianne Kohler-Barnard says: “The DA has tried to get statistics for child homicide rates for almost 10 years. But it’s been frustrated by a government that is either unwilling to do it or indifferent to it.”

In 533 cases, the cause of death remains unknown.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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