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Non-communicable diseases SA’s leading causes of death

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released mortality rates on Tuesday, which also indicate a steady decline deaths reported during 2015.

FILE: A graveyard. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG – Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says non-communicable diseases formed 60% of the top 10 leading causes of death in South Africa during 2015.

On Tuesday, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released the mortality rates, which also indicate that there is a steady decline of 3% in deaths reported during that period.

Non-communicable diseases are medical conditions that are not infections or transmissible among people.

Lehohla says the continued rise in people dying from non-communicable diseases comes from females and males in the 65 and above age group.

He says deaths caused by firearm and breathing related deaths were the highest in the Western Cape.

Tuberculosis is still the highest cause of death in the country while diabetes has now moved from third position in 2014, to second.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)