- Statistics South Africa released some damning stats relating to the divorce rate
- The report for 2018 revealed that four out of ten marriages will end within the first ten years
- Furthermore, women actually made up the majority of those filing for divorce
A 2018 statistical report unveiled by Statistics SA paints a gloomy picture on the state of marriages and divorces within the country.
Based on the findings, four in 10 marriages will end in divorce within the first 10 years.
In total, 25 284 divorces were completed in 2018, with the majority 11 721 (46.4%) filed by the black African population group.
However, SowetanLIVE reported that upon drilling down the data, the white population group dominated the divorce rate, with 124 per 100 000.
The coloured population group had a rate of 89 per 100 000. Briefly.co.za learnt that the divorce rate per population group was lowest amongst black South Africans, with only 25 per 100 000.
Gauteng topped the list as the city with the most divorces, with 6 623. The Western Cape came in second with 6 274.
It was interesting to note that the majority of people filing for divorce were actually women.
Marriage counsellor Dr Tienie Maritz said, "The statement that women more often than not start divorce proceeding is difficult to comment on - we know that women are more in touch with the emotional side of the relationship as they are more emotional by nature."
Dr Maritz added that the high numbers are quite disturbing.
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