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.
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