- Police Minister Bheki Cele has shone a spotlight on the dire situation facing South African women and children
- The politician confirmed that a staggering 4 512 women were reported missing between 2016 and 2019
- This news came in response to a parliamentary question posed by DA MP Nomsa Marchesi
Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that just over 4 500 women were reported missing in South Africa between April 2016 and March 2019.
SowetanLIVE reports that Cele had noted the statistics in a written response to a parliamentary question posed by DA MP Nomsa Marchesi.
The figures can be broken down as follows:
- 2016/17: 1 206 women reported missing
- 2017/18: 1 481 women reported missing
- 2018/19: 1 825 women reported missing
Cele also revealed the statistics on how many children were reported missing, noting the following figures:
- 2016/17: 887 children reported missing
- 2017/18: 852 children reported missing
- 2018/19: 967 children missing
Cele noted that the majority of women who were reported missing were Africans (3 598), followed by coloured women (595), white women (258) and Indian women (63).
Most of the cases involved women under the age of 30, with a high incidence of 18-year-olds going missing.
Cele noted that children between the ages of 12 and 17 were more likely to disappear than babies.
In the most recent timeframe noted in Cele's answer, 342 children aged between 12 and 17 were reported missing, but only 25 children between the ages of 1 and 5.
A common factor in many of the reported cases, the age of the missing women or child was unknown, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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