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Child killings remain high

A large number of children are being killed in South African homes, according to a study.

Little children playing outside Philani Health and Nutrition Centre in Khayelitsha on 25 July 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) shows while there has been a drop in South Africa's female homicide rate, the number of child killings remains disturbingly high.

The National Female and Child Homicide study was discussed in Parliament on Tuesday.

While it was compiled over a three-year period, starting in 2009, the council insists it gives an accurate picture of current circumstances.

There was a drop of more than 37 percent in female homicide cases between 1999 and 2009.

This equates to three women killed, daily, across the country.

The so-called intimate femicide, involving women being killed by a close partner, increased slightly over this period.

The MRC's Naeemah Abrahams said 59 percent of those murdered were intoxicated.

Child homicides remain a serious problem, warns researcher Shanaaz Mathews.

A girl child is more likely to be killed by her own mother at home.

(Eidted by Lindiwe Mlando)