The violent way in which Gauteng residents die

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has released statistics that show the shocking manner in which people die in the province.

DA shadow MEC of Health in Gauteng Jack Bloom obtained the province’s death statistics from 10 state mortuaries in the province that show a rather disturbing trend.

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“Stab wounds and assault rose from 3 846 in 2014/15 to 4 138 in 2015/16. These deaths accounted for 32 percent of the causes of unnatural death for bodies in Gauteng mortuaries last year,” said Bloom

“The breakdown is as follows: Shot – 1 854 deaths, up from 1 608 deaths the previous year. Stabbed – 1 338 deaths, up from 1 257 deaths. Assaults – 946 deaths, down from 981 deaths. Traffic accidents accounted for 27 percent of the deaths in 2014/15, increasing to 3 444 deaths from 3 088 the previous year.”

Bloom said the statistics show that people in the province have continued to lose their lives in a very violent manner.

“Hanging is another high cause of deaths – 874 deaths which accounted for seven percent of all deaths in that year.

“Some other causes of death in 2015/16 (from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016): burns – 702, stillborn – 596, poisoning – 679, drowning – 249, train accidents – 199, electric shock – 144, strangulation – 75, suffocation – 32, lightning – 17.

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“These figures are the most reliable indicator that violent deaths are increasing in Gauteng as dead bodies don’t lie,” added Bloom.

The DA member of the provincial legislature said the party had to drag the Gauteng department of health to court to get access into the statistics.

“They didn’t want to release the statistics to us so we used the Promotion of Access to Information Act in court to compel them to release the stats to us and the court ruled in our favour,” he said.

“The department wanted to keep this under wraps,” added Bloom.

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