6 870 people in Eastern Cape died of non-natural causes last year

DECEMBER 3, 2014

A total of 6 870 people in the Eastern Cape died of non-natural causes in 2013, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa.

Non-natural causes accounted for 10.7% of all deaths in the province last year, with 5 184 being men and 1 662 being women. The overall percentage is lower than the Northern Cape (15.4%), KwaZulu-Natal (15.1%), Western Cape (12.8%) and Gauteng (10.6%)

The figures show that for all ages and both sexes the leading underlying cause of natural death last year was TB, which was responsible for 6 272 or 9.8% of all deaths in the Eastern Cape. TB was the underlying cause of death for 3 606 men last year (11% of all deaths) and 2 646 women (8.5%).

The second most prevalent underlying cause of death in the Eastern Cape last year was HIV which was responsible for 3 467 of 5.4% of all deaths. HIV was the cause of death for 1 683 men (5.1% of the 32 792 who died in the Eastern Cape last year) and 1 779 women (5.7% of the 30 980 women who died in the Eastern Cape during the course of 2013.

The figures show that TB was the underlying cause of death for 4.9% of all death of 14 years and younger and 15.2% of those between the ages of 15 and 44. TB also accounted for the deaths of 11.9% of all people in the Eastern Cape aged between 45 and 64.

HIV was the underlying cause of death of 2.5% of those aged 14 years and under; 11.9% (15-44 years) and 5.3% (45-64 years of age). - metrominutes