Four South African cities, namely Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban, and Johannesburg, are among the most dangerous cities in the world, according to the 2021 ranking developed by the Mexican Council of Public Safety and Criminal Justice.
Cape Town, which has remained the most violent city in South Africa over the years, is ranked in 10th place in 2021, with a murder rate of 64 per 100,000 inhabitants, underlines the report published on Monday by South African media.
He said that in pure numbers, The Cape recorded the highest number of murders of any city in the top 50, with 2,947 deaths among its estimated population of 4.6 million.
After a slight improvement in 2017 and 2018 by occupying the 15th position in the ranking, the security situation in the first South African tourist city plummeted in 2020 with a new record of 68.3 murders per 100,000 inhabitants and an 8th place in the world ranking.
The report adds that Nelson Mandela Bay is the second most violent city in the country, dropping from 45th position in 2019 to 22nd in 2021 with 51.19 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Durban, which was ranked 35th last year, now occupies 31st place, despite the fact that the murder rate has increased, the same source continues, adding that the city has recorded 1,727 murders among a population of 4 million inhabitants, with a murder rate of 43.4 per 100,000, against 40.5 in 2020.
As for the city of Johannesburg, the most populous in the country, it occupies 40th place with 2,182 murders among a population of 5.9 million, the report says, noting that the murder rate in this city is 37, 2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Insecurity remains one of the serious problems tarnishing South Africa’s image. A recent report by the global polling group “Gallup” ranked South Africa the fifth most dangerous country in the world.
On average, South Africa records 58.4 murders per day, a rate of 35.8 murders per 100,000 people, according to the latest population census.