n SA Crime Quarterly - The 2003 National Injury Mortality Surveillance System : violent deaths in SA
|Article Title||The 2003 National Injury Mortality Surveillance System : violent deaths in SA|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Security Studies (ISS)|
|Journal||SA Crime Quarterly|
|Publication Date||Sep 2005|
|Pages||29 - 36|
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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