Did you know, three South African cities are among the most violent in the world?

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South Africa is a country like no other. Made up of diverse cultures, South Africa is affectionally known as the Rainbow Nation around the globe.

From spectacular landscapes, a rich history straight through to amazing sports celebrities, South Africa seems to have it all. But, did you know three South African Cities have been named among the most violent in the world? That can’t be right, can it?

A study conducted by The Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice seems to have earmarked three of South Africa’s cities in the top 50 violent cities. What seems to be rather saddening for South Africans, this study is also an annual update on the world’s most dangerous hot-spots.

How is the report conducted and how do cities land on the list of the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world?

The report is made up through the number of murders per 100 000 people, where the population exceed 300 000 people and where the murder statistics are available.

With the list covering the 2018 period, Cape Town ranks at 11th with a murder rate of 66.4 per 100 000 people. What makes this figure scary, is that in 2018, Cape Town had a population of 4 322 031 people and a staggering 2 868 murders.

Nelson Mandela Bay ranks at 45th, after seeing a murder rate of 39.2 per 100 000 people in 2018. Following Nelson Mandela Bay and ranking at the 47th spot is Durban with a murder rate of 38.5 per 100 000 people in 2018.

Also read: Crime Stats for Newcastle, Madadeni and oSizweni

As disturbing as the list is for South Africa, Mexico and Venezuela ranks higher than we do.

Tijuana, Mexico, at first place with a murder rate of 138.26 per 100 000 people. Acapulco, Mexico, ranking at second place with a rate of 110.50 per 100 000. Caracas, Venezuela, at third place with a homicide rate 99.98 per 100 000 people.

Guayana and Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, rank at seventh and tenth on the list respectively.

What are your thoughts on the three South African cities appearing on the list of most dangerous cities in the world? Share our views with us in the comments section below.


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