Listed as the most violent city in South Africa, Cape Town now ranks 11th on a list compiled by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice– this is after dropping to 15th on the list in 2017.
BusinessTech.co.za reports that in 2018, Cape Town’s murder rate of 66.4 per 100,000 people is far worse than the 62.3 per 100,000 people in 2017. In 2018, Cape Town had a population of 4,322,031 people and 2,868 homicides.
The report lists the 50 most violent cities by the number of murders per 100,000 people, only considering cities with populations exceeding 300,000, where murder statistics are made available.
As with previous years, the majority of the world’s most violent cities are in the Americas, particularly Mexico and South America. South Africa has the dubious honour of being the only non-American country listed.
In South Africa, two other cities are listed outside of Cape Town: Durban, and Nelson Mandela Bay.
2nd most violent city in SA
Nelson Mandela Bay saw its murder rate worsen from 37.5 per 100,000 in 2017, to 39.2 per 100,000 in 2018, making it again the second most violent city in the country. It ranks 45th, globally.
In 2018, Nelson Mandela Bay had a population of 1,220,616 people and 478 homicides.
Durban’s murder rate also increased marginally, from 38.1 per 100,000 in 2017, to 38.5 per 100,000 in 2018 – however, its position on the overall list improved, from 44th in 2017, to 47th in 2018.
In 2018, Durban had a population of 4,055,969 population and 1,562 homicides.