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Table 1 Homicide and homicidal strangulation by sex across four South African cities, 2001–2005

From: Female homicidal strangulation in urban South Africa

  Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
   Total deaths Rate/100,000 pop. Total deaths Rate/100,000 pop. Total deaths Rate/100,000 pop. Total deaths Rate/100,000 pop. Total deaths Rate/100,000 pop.
Johannesburg Population 3 225 812 3 271 105 3 303 520 3 336 255 3 383 099
  Homicide 2247 69.65 2262 69.15 1875 56.75 1547 46.36 1432 42.32
  Strangulation 31 0.96 30 0.91 28 0.84 25 0.74 26 0.76
  Female Strangulation 20 1.23 16 0.96 12 0.7 14 0.81 15 0.85
Durban Population 3 090 122 3 121 406 3 158 907 3 189 667 3 221 960
  Homicide 2083 67.4 2167 69.42 2078 65.78 1903 59.66 1867 57.94
  Strangulation 34 1.1 29 0.92 43 1.36 26 0.81 20 0.62
  Female Strangulation 23 1.43 13 0.8 28 1.71 19 1.15 13 0.78
Cape Town Population 2 893 247 2 939 810 2 981 898 3 024 589 3 068 024
  Homicide 2472 85.44 2453 83.44 2192 73.51 1820 60.17 2045 66.65
  Strangulation 29 1 28 0.95 33 1.1 29 0.95 34 1.1
  Female Strangulation 17 1.13 17 1.1 18 1.15 22 1.38 25 1.55
Pretoria Population 1 985 983 2 013 868 2 033 824 2 053 978 2 082 817
  Homicide 637 32.07 620 30.78 534 26.25 593 28.87 463 22.22
  Strangulation 18 0.9 17 0.84 15 0.73 16 0.77 12 0.57
  Female Strangulation 10 0.99 12 1.16 8 0.75 8 0.74 10 0.92