Stabbing victims fill state mortuaries

2015-10-26 15:22
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Cape Town - Stabbings appear to be the most common reason for a body to end up in a state mortuary in South Africa, according to a written reply to a question in Parliament.

In nearly all of South Africa's nine provinces, more bodies were taken to the State mortuary because of stabbings than for any other death.

In the Eastern Cape, for example, 2 194 bodies were taken to state mortuaries last year as a result of fatal stabbings. This compares to the 641 for gunshot wounds, 252 pedestrian deaths, three from motorcycle accidents and 263 as a result of fire.

A total of 1 337 bodies were in the mortuary due to motor vehicle accidents and 306 as a result of drowning.
Of the 10 297 bodies in the Western Cape, 1403 were due to stabbings with gunshot wounds following at 1343.
But compared with other provinces, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal's state mortuaries were occupied largely by victims of gunshot wounds. Last year there were 1608 bodies because of gunshot wounds in Gauteng's state mortuary fridges, and 1257 as a result of stabbings.

In KZN there were 1538 due to gunshot wounds and 1534 due to stabbings.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said he asked the question so that he would have a deeper understanding of crimes committed in the country.

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