More than 70 percent of Eastern Cape children grow up in homes that fall below the low-income threshold, it was reported on Thursday.
A Statistics SA study found that 73.4 percent of the province's 2.6 million children lived in homes where each person survives on less than R570 per month, the Herald Online reported.
The percentage is substantially lower than the 36 percent of children in the Western Cape and the 42.6 percent in Gauteng.
The study, titled “Social profile of vulnerable groups in SA 2002-2010”, also found that the Eastern Cape had the highest percentage of homes headed by children who were not orphans.
It found that a large percentage of children did not live with their biological parents.
“Other risks such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children may also be augmented by the physical distance between biological parents and their children,” the study said.
It also found that black African children were more likely to live in households that have experienced hunger, and less likely to live in homes with flush toilets, refuse removal and electricity. - Sapa