Blacks had most divorces in 2010

2012-02-14 10:13

Johannesburg - Blacks accounted for the highest proportion of divorces in the country in 2010, according to a report on Tuesday.

This was according to the latest Statistics SA Marriages and Divorces report, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

Between 2001 and 2007 more whites got divorced than blacks. In 2001, 43.2% of all divorces were white couples. Blacks accounted for 23.1%.

However, from 2008 to 2010, the pattern started changing, with blacks accounting for 35.5% of divorces in 2010 and whites 30.5%.

In 2010, Gauteng had the most marriages of any province in the country, at 41 396, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 25 862, the newspaper reported.

  • rofras - 2012-02-14 10:22

    What is the reason behind comparing black and white divorces?

      Bigrp - 2012-02-14 10:23

      Excellent question...why is this relevant?

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-02-14 11:12

      Yeah I was trying to understand that too?

      Jason - 2012-02-14 11:18

      We still classify each other as black and white rather than just South African... Until we can move away from this way of thinking we will never move forward.

      Windlass - 2012-02-14 11:36

      I don't get it either .. Why does it matter. A divorce is a divorce and is sad regardless especially since in most cases kids are involved and generally they the ones that suffer.

      camp.j - 2012-02-14 12:26

      Crazy, 2010 nogal... I'm guessing News24 are filling a gap until Malema's disciplinary resumes

      Sidima - 2012-02-14 12:30

      i can only think its because divorce (at least culturally) was a foreign concept to black people until the introduction of the more "civil marriage" - and i use that word loosely. but knowing Stats SA, they probably have sinister/divisive motives.

      Clay - 2012-02-14 14:13

      What is the point behind any black and white anything in this country?

      Mike - 2012-02-14 14:20

      Must be a Western thing?? I mean "marriage"!

  • Brett - 2012-02-14 10:22

    Hahaha! Nice news for Valentines Day!

  • OilHeater - 2012-02-14 10:24

    WTF...what is this "Blacks" and "Whites", this a crap article!!

      George - 2012-02-14 11:16

      Marriage is the prime cause of divorce. No wait APPARTATE IS, because they will say we made it, it was never in there culture. You dont divorce your wife, you just marry another one. Easy hey

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-02-14 10:25

    Wow, looks like we ran out of REAL news again...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-14 10:34

    When 95 % of the population is black isn't it obvious FFS.

      ScarlotteG - 2012-02-14 10:38

      Exactly! Really news24? Is this the best you can do?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-14 10:43

      Very true, so if you take it into context, actually then white people divorce far more easily than black people

      Bongani - 2012-02-14 10:51

      it is not obvious Gregory. We are talking percentages here not numbers. Statistics is now that easy for some people. 1 is 10% of 10, 10 is 10% of 100, 100 is 10% of 1000 and etc. i am sure i have given you free education.

      Bob - 2012-02-14 11:09

      Bongani, you are the one that needs educating, the article states the % of the population so Gregory & Diamond are correct, so now I'm sure I have given you free education.

      Marion - 2012-02-14 11:56

      @Bob... surely the %'s quoted were the % of married population who got divorced and not 'the population' in general? Don't know why this is newsworthy anyway, but still commenting lol... Maybe it increased because Chinese became classified as black... Who the hell cares where most divorces happened racially anyway. I'd rather hear that 1 / 2 out of 3 marriages failed. That is worth noting.

      Bob - 2012-02-14 12:18

      Marion, you got me confused, I think you agree with me, the article basically states that of the divorces in a certain period the latest higher % is black people, surely that is what Gregory is saying, there are many more black people married than white so naturally the % of divorces will be higher, although pro rata the divorce % is much higher amongst white marriages.

      Marion - 2012-02-14 13:15

      lol Bob... I was just saying that I think you are talking about the 'married' population and not just the population in general 'cos in the article the word population isn't actually mentioned. As there are more blacks in the country, there will be more blacks getting married and, logically, there will be more blacks getting divorced. Now I'm confused... lol Happy Valentines Day...

  • AmuseMePLs - 2012-02-14 10:35

    ran out of real news to report on? #rolling eyes

  • npretorius2 - 2012-02-14 10:41

    Thats Reee-siest!! Bloody agent reporter!

      Bonjo - 2012-02-14 10:58

      Ha ha ha, that's funny!

  • Ryan - 2012-02-14 10:42

    Perhaps it's because some have more than one wife.

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-15 07:45

      Whats that gotta do with anything stupid?

  • Peter - 2012-02-14 10:42

    The first paragraph clearly states that it is proportional statistics.

  • Raeez - 2012-02-14 10:52

    What a bomb to drop on

      Heiku - 2012-02-14 11:13

      If you have VD you should go see a doctor dude

  • Retardus - 2012-02-14 10:54

    OK so Indians and Coloreds don't get divorced at all. WOW !!! How is this not a racist study? May I spice up the study by asking: How many of these was caused by Labola payments not made on time? ;)

      Nlgga - 2012-02-14 11:02

      lmao lol Lobola outstanding... so they reposes the bride.

      Bonjo - 2012-02-14 13:21

      "...lobola payments not made on time" Laughing myself silly!!!

  • Karring - 2012-02-14 10:56

    seriously???? WTF

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-14 11:53

      @hulisani. That makes sense and can be.

  • Hangwani - 2012-02-14 10:57

    News24 can do better than this

      hulisani.nemaxwi - 2012-02-14 12:09

      Perhaps another perspective is that at the time when there were more whites divorcing, there were only few blacks whose marriages were registered, and as we all know most whites registers their marriages. It was therefore easy say that more whites were divorced than blacks - a statically validity test. So with more of us blacks being married legally, it’s easy to do the counts than previously and anything can be said to change anyhow

  • Nlgga - 2012-02-14 10:59

    Why is this news? In india, Indians have more divorces coz they are the majority of the population, in China , Chinese have more divorces because they are the majority, In Spain White spanish people will have more divorces because they are the majority... so it is not rocket science that in South Africa , Black people are going to have most divorces... NO ROCKET SCIENCE HERE...I can safely say this is the USELESS ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

      LN - 2012-02-14 11:42

      I'm guessing you didn't read the article on the trimming ot the hedges and watering the garden before JZ's state of the nation speech... that one gets my vote as most useless article of 2012 and according to the Mayans all of time then.

  • Lulama - 2012-02-14 11:00

    stupid article indeed??

  • Christina - 2012-02-14 11:02

    take time to know her/him. marraige i believe its a lifetime comitment, that why they say in sickness and health till death do you part, but the moment sickness ( fights, disagreement etc . etc) people forget this vows? and they quit, makes me wonder why people get married in the first place.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-02-14 11:06

    Although many don’t see reasons why divorce stats relevant especially categorised by race I think it is a good thing. As society we can reflect , and possibly find solution for reasons behind this shocking stats. This simply says that there are children who live with skeleton families due to absent fathers in their lives, something that is not good for children’s wellbeing.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-14 11:55

      Good point.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-02-14 11:07

    *puts head in hands, and wonders if her country and countrymen will ever get the f**k over skin colour.* Seriously N24, what the hell were you thinking when you considered, whether to post this article or not.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-14 11:14

    Whyyyyyyy. The sowetan is very active today. News24 copy and patign articles again. What value is added by publishign this tripe.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-14 11:15

    This is tivial as there are more Black South africans than White as well Coloured, Indian or other... So the point of this story is what???

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-14 11:15

    I am not seeing much news in that except that the more black people will get financial independence, away from more conservative culture upbringing and involved in this terrible rat race the higher their % will climb. If I recall correctly it happened to the Afrikaners as well when compared to the English, that had the more liberal upbringing, in those days. As in all divorces, this is a pity, but unfortunately part of our lives.

  • Thulisa - 2012-02-14 11:20

    So black people finally realised that you don't have to stay with someone that disrespects you and treat you badly just because you have kids together and or he buys you a gucci handbag every time he calls you b****! Good!!!!!!!!

      Veli - 2012-02-14 12:23

      The article does not give reasons for increase in divorce rate, therefore let us not conclude that Black men are the sole cause of this . It might be that Black women have become less faithful then they were in the past. It seems Black men are blamed for every little thing that goes wrong in society.

      Nlgga - 2012-02-14 13:56

      Someone Give Veli a Bells.. Bravo to Veli Bravo

  • Fran - 2012-02-14 11:21

    My goodness, why do I want to get married anyway? Both men and women adults who engage in marriage need to be taught behavioural patterns in a marriage before they can marry. Is like going to parental classes before your baby is born, it prepares you for those 2am wake up calls. If there is real truth in this study or research, you can imagine how many children's lives have been affected by this divorces. Not encouraging at all.

  • Thami Jeffrey - 2012-02-14 11:53

    News24, why do you promote this Black and White culture????? Each and every article there's ugly comments from Blacks against Whites and Whites against Blacks. This can't go on, it has to stop!!! You must start publishing articles that are news worthy and leave this race kaak out of it. IT IS 2012...

      Antoinette - 2012-02-14 13:17

      Completely with you on that.....

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-14 11:56

    Yeah yeah some drunk interns at SAPA

  • Ian - 2012-02-14 12:07

    How many Chinese and Indian divorces were there?

  • Justin - 2012-02-14 12:19

    In other news...a recent report has shown that the black population of South Africa consume more water than whites..... breath more air than whites... demographics....

  • - 2012-02-14 12:28

    Yup... Media is probably one of the top causes for the racial divide in this country... divorce is a divorce.. no need to bring colour into it.

  • Pride Matutle - 2012-02-14 12:36

    at least now we getting legally married unlike just paying lobola.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-14 13:05

    This does not include the precautionary divorces-those that occur before marriage. So, black/white divorces make up about 65% of total divorces. Somehow the remaining 35% is not worth mentioning? Chinese?

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-02-14 13:17

    There is more BLACK so more divorces oveyers

  • Antoinette - 2012-02-14 13:19

    And knowing this affects the world how?

  • Red - 2012-02-14 13:46

    what is this now,is this the reason for counting people last do Blacks V Whites? i'm not liking this one bit.......YOU ARE PROMOOTING RACISM....STOP THAT!!

  • Egsaan - 2012-02-14 14:13

    ONLY the stupid media benefit by race divide!!! Check they wont print this!!

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