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The cost of gender based violence may be far higher than the estimates, experts say.
The cost of gender based violence may be far higher than the estimates, experts say.
Alet Pretorius

In a report tallying the cost of gender-based violence, it's estimated that South Africa lost more than R36 billion in 2019 alone, but the true cost of gender-based violence could exceed this number, according to activists.

The figure was calculated as part of a research project by Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) and the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with Mid Sweden University and supported by KPMG.

The report estimated that South Africa's 46 000 physicians treat more than 20 gender-based violence cases a month, resulting in out-of-pocket medical costs for victims of around R10 billion in 2019. Added to this are the judicial costs of prosecuting crimes, which researchers estimated to be more than R100 million, and the cost of employees who deal with the impact of gender-based violence.

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