28 children violently attacked in South Africa each day

Statement by UNICEF South Africa Representative, Christine Muhigana

23 November 2022

PRETORIA, 23 November 2022 - At least 3 children are murdered, another 3 survive attempted murder and 21 suffer grievous bodily harm. That’s the average daily impact of violence against children in South Africa. 

Children are under attack. Families, friends and communities left devastated.

We can’t look away. We must all come together to tackle this horrific violence that affects the futures of every child across the country.

Notes to editors:

The latest statistics released by the South African Police Service cover the period from July to September 2022.


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