Southern Africa

South Africa

Summary

Explore how common child marriage is throughout the country, how levels have changed over time, and how the situation in this country compares to others.

Absolute number

Prevalence

377.8 thousand

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

1%
1.8 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

4%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Southern Africa
  • South Africa
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YearSouthern AfricaSouth Africa
199111.2%
19968.8%
199711.2%
20015.9%
20029.4%
20067.0%
20075.8%
20115.5%
20127.4%
20163.6%
20175.9%
20224.2%
Child marriage age

South Africa

Child Marriage
Prevalence

South Africa

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
20163.2%4.3%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
20165.4%7.5%1.7%1.9%0.0%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201636.2%1.7%
Child marriage age

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Levels of child marriage vary across different parts of South Africa. See the range of values within the country, and explore the map for details.

Prevalence of child marriage

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3% 1% 4% 0% 4% 5% 11% 3% 5%

Region with no data

2016

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of South Africa in 2016

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YearSouth AfricaEastern CapeFree StateGautengKwa-Zulu NatalLimpopoMpumalangaNorth WestNorthern CapeWestern Cape
3.6%3.4%0.9%4.1%0.4%4.3%4.8%11.0%2.9%4.6%
Child marriage age

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How does South Africa compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • South Africa
Child marriage age
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YearSouth Africa
199111.2%
19968.8%
20015.9%
20067.0%
20115.5%
20163.6%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
South Africa3.2%4.3%3.6%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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