ACCIDENTS, VIOLENCE KILLING YOUNG PEOPLE
SAPA 11 July 2000
Pretoria -- The Home Affairs Department has denied
blaming HIV/AIDS for a significant rise in the number of deaths
of South Africans younger than 50 over the past 10 years.
"Statistics South Africa confirms that South African adults
overwhelmingly die of accidents and violence," the department
said in a statement.
"The profile of deaths can therefore not singly be due to
According to a Sunday newspaper, figures provided by the
department show that the number of people dying under 50
has almost doubled between 1990 and last year.
The paper attributed the increase directly to HIV/AIDS.
The department said it did not conclude that the deaths could
be attributed to the effect of HIV/AIDS.
"The department is merely responsible for recording deaths,
and determining trends falls outside the ambit of the functions
of the department."
The two sets of figures for 1990 and 1999 quoted in the report
cannot be compared directly due to different sources, the
The 1990 figures were provided by Statistics SA and exclude
the deaths of people of the former TBVC countries, while the
department's 1999 figures reflected the total number of deaths
in South Africa in that year.
Although the department is fully aware of the serious nature of
the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, panic should not be
created among members of the public through selective, and
sometimes incorrect, use of statistics, the statement said.