You’re likely to die violently over a weekend in Gauteng

2010-11-04 14:32

Males in Gauteng are more likely to die from gunshots while females are more likely to be victims of transport-related accidents.

Figures released by the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMSS) show that violence or homicide is the leading cause of death, accounting for almost one-third (3 671) of the 11 329 non-natural deaths recorded in Gauteng.

The figures also show that a disproportionate number of deaths occurred over weekends for both violence or homicides and transport deaths.

The Medical Research Council and the University of South Africa’s Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit manages NIMSS.

Transport follows with 3 248 deaths, suicide with 1 278 and other unintentional injuries have 937.

The remaining 2 195 deaths, the manner of death could not be determined.

Firearms were the leading external cause of death with 1 630. Pedestrian injury accounted for 1 334 while sharp objects resulted in 1 091 deaths and blunt force 1 064.

Among children aged up to four years, abortions were the leading causes of death. In older children, between five and 14 years, pedestrian injuries were the leading cause of death.

In youth aged 15 and 29 years, adults (30-44 years) and older adults aged 45-59 years, firearms were the leading causes of death.

For senior citizens (60 and older) pedestrian injuries were the leading external cause of death.

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