VIOLENT DEATHS IN SA: The 2003 National Injury Mortality Surveillance System

  • Richard Matzopoulos MRC-UNISA Crime, Violence and Injury Lead Programme
Keywords: South Africa, violence, violent death, National Injury Mortality Surveillance System, alcohol, firearms


The latest data from the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System – the most detailed source on the ‘who, what, when, where and how’ of fatal injuries in South Africa – shows that homicide remains the most common cause of injury-related deaths. Homicide rates varied significantly between the four major urban centres covered, and firearms were a key contributor to the high homicide rates. Alcohol was confirmed as an important risk factor for murder, with the highest percentage of alcohol positive cases being recorded in Cape Town.

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