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Johannesburg 'safer than Cape Town'

2012-01-17 08:33

Pretoria - Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth are more dangerous than Johannesburg, according to a new study from a Mexican research group.

Cape Town is the 34th most dangerous place in the world and Johannesburg is 50th.

Durban and Port Elizabeth are also more dangerous than Johannesburg, according to the report released by the Mexican research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz (Security, Justice and Peace).

The group compiles an annual list of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world.

Cities are listed according to how many murders are committed per 100 000 residents.

The researchers look only at cities with more than 300 000 residents where statistics on murders are available.

Most dangerous cities in the Americas

Johannesburg is last on the list, with 30.50 murders per 100 000 residents.

Durban made the 49th spot with 30.54 murders per 100 000 residents.

Port Elizabeth had 36 murders per 100 000 residents making it 41st, while Cape Town, with 46 murders per 100 000 residents, came in at 34th.

The cities in the top 33 spots were all in North and South America.

Cape Town is therefore the most dangerous city in the world outside of the Americas, according to the report.

San Pedro Sula in Honduras is the most dangerous city in the world, with 159 murders per 100 000 residents.

Juárez in Mexico is second on the list and Maceió in Brazil is third.

There are 14 Brazilian cities on the list and 12 Mexican cities.

Dangerous US cities listed in the report are New Orleans, Detroit, St Louis and Baltimore, which were 21st, 30th, 43rd and 48th on the list respectively.

According to the group, the actual murder statistics in countries such as Mexico are possibly higher than reported, as local governments often manipulate the actual murder rate.
 

Comments
  • Getafix - 2012-01-17 08:42

    lol, big fat lol. These stats are probably being read the wrong way around, or put simply, a phat wad of cash made it safer on paper.

      TheSlip - 2012-01-17 09:26

      Obviously your opinion trumps fact. Anyhoo, this isn't the first time this statistic has come up.

      Philip Venter - 2014-01-24 13:24

      I think Cape Town is higher up on the list because they included the Cape Flats when they counted Cape Town which everyone knows is rife with gangs, poverty and violent crime. If they were to include Soweto into the Johannesburg equation then I think it would have been much higher up on the list but hey, that's just like, my opinion man.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-17 08:44

    This story will get over 200 comments. Lol

  • Travis - 2012-01-17 08:48

    If its your time to go, its your time to go, irrespective of where you are. Keep safe out there! Stay out of the Cape Town heat! Kapeeesh!

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:40

      Yep, if it is your time to win the lotto you will win. Problem is, who determines it is your time? What if they made a mistake, and it was not your time? I mean, some children are still born, some die at birth. Was it their time? Why be born if your time is 1 hour into life?

  • Anthony - 2012-01-17 08:55

    I always thought Blikkiesfontein was the most dangerous place in the world!!!

      TheSlip - 2012-01-17 09:26

      I personally think it's "The Bluff". Rough and tough and from the Bluff.

  • Joos - 2012-01-17 09:06

    Why dont that company that did the "vote for table mountain" thing set up a campaign so that capetonians can vote themselves of this list (at R2,00 a SMS of course and you will be able to vote as many times as you like)?

  • rulinda.engel - 2012-01-17 09:10

    ah bull....i grew up in jnb and i didn't feel safe....now that i am in cpt it's like i am in a different country... I-LOVE-CPT!

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:44

      Where do you live in Cape Town? Cape Flats?

      Jaybee - 2012-01-17 11:31

      it's not safe rulinda you just enjoying to prat afrikaans

      Povo - 2012-01-18 10:37

      @Jaybee Prat of praat? Two very different things!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-17 09:15

    Gang related in fighting in the CAPE creates a false and misleading figure. Durban is also very high but considering it although being a coastal city with the lowest salary grades in the country still remains the most expensive city to live in will of course add to crime rates

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:46

      False and misleading how? Are gangsters not Capetonians? I am not sure I understand your comment. Criminals in Cape Town are as part of Cape Town as criminals in Johannesburg skew the numbers for Johannesburg.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-17 09:22

    Ah, I see. But we tell you Cape people that Joburg crime happens in dodgy place you don't believe us but you want us to believe you. Lets just say that either we are both lying or both telling the truth

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 10:25

      Randpark Ridge dodgy?????? Some streets have killings, car theft at gunpoint, house-brakes at same house several times, etc. Dodgy area?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 14:53

      I presume all you thumbs down people say Randpark Ridge is dodgy because I questioned Saksa's statement that crime only happens in dodgy areas in Johannesburg. According to me that area is not dodgy, but crime happens there.

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-17 09:22

    "Cape Town is therefore the most dangerous city in the world outside of the Americas, according to the report." bollocks indeed , this comming from a Mexican study group, give me a break

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:47

      Why should the Mexican study not be believed?

  • Cathy - 2012-01-17 09:32

    Gang murders and drug murders are rife in the Cape, but I would not live anywhere else! I still feel safer here that I ever did living on the North Coast in KZN.

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2012-01-17 09:40

    Question? Can one walk from Hillbrow to Jhb. City centre in the day time, alone? I can walk in the day time from the V&A Waterfront right up to Roeland Street with no concerns. So which city is safer?

      Norah Kwatala - 2012-01-17 09:43

      Yes I can, and I'm still alive!!

      hlgiorgino - 2012-01-17 09:50

      I do it all the time, and I always feel comfortable and safe. I am also still alive.

      Gaby - 2012-01-17 10:12

      Face it, if it's a woman with gold chain around her neck, talking on her cellphone & swinging her handbag around, neither.

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 10:27

      If you take precuations in both cities, you can have a trouble -free walk.

      hlgiorgino - 2012-01-17 10:43

      I remove my watch and wallet and conceal my cash on me just like I used to do in certain areas in Cape Town and I have no problems.

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:53

      People do that everyday i.e. walk from Hillbrow to Johannesburg City Centre. Most crime in South Africa is between people who know each other or familiar with each other. Cape Town experiences alcoholism, drugs and gangsterism more than any other city in the country. This is a fact, and not a slur on Cape Town and the DA rule. If you look in Johannesgurg, you will notice that most of the crimes happen in the surrounding townships, which are part and parcel of the city, same for Pretoria, eKurhuleni, etc. Also, Johannesburg has a far larger population in a small area. So, while there maybe more cases of crime, this is cmpared against the number of people. Johannesburg does experience a lot more house robberies due to the stupid high walls which conceal the crime being committed

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-17 09:42

    Oh what BS! Once again the police in JHB did not do their jobs properly in documenting everything down, bs-sing the stats as they go along just to "look" better for more money. Hell! When will this corrupt nonsense stop and further more the ignorent fools dare work on the bs stats presented to them. How darft must you be?

  • Daft - 2012-01-17 09:47

    They must have been on crack cocaine making such a stupid statement....

  • Norah Kwatala - 2012-01-17 09:47

    Cape Town people must just get over themselvesm Jhb is safer. Full stop

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 09:47

    These statistics does not sound right, but presumably are correct. Please, rather follow my statistics: Jailbirds is safer from the outside criminals than outside is saver from itself....or them. Johannesburg is one big jail. I live there part time and I only see bars keeping people in. Cape Town is not the same. Maybe that explain those figures.;)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 14:57

      A point was proven. More readers in Johannesburg on news24 than Capetonians. This was now based on the thumbs down.lol. I wonder if that counts for these racists and trollers as well.

      David - 2012-01-17 16:11

      DuToit, let me re-post from earlier: come to Camps Bay where I live in Cape Town - high walls and electric fences, far more than where I lived (and often still visit) in Parktown North in Jhb. The only place the high level of Cape Town crime is published, is in neighbourhood watch newsletters and websites. Cape Town newspapers are sterilized of crime reporting. I've noticed even my knock and drop no longer reports on crime in my suburb. Do estate agents, with their huge advertising spend, keen on foreign buyers (and selling to Johannesburgers), dictate this sterilization? Is it the tourism authorities that dictate to the Cape Town media? But that's why people have the perception of safety in Cape Town. The Johannesburg newspapers gleefully report all crime on the front page and that's also where foreign journalists, mostly based in Johannesburg, pick up the stories and send them around the world. Cape Town newspapers bury crime on page 6, and usually under innocuous headlines. If you're not aware of a danger, its not a concern. And that's why its a shock to suddenly realize the truth - Cape Town is a dangerous place. And by the way, Capetonians usually brush it off with "it's only in coloured or black areas. so its not a problem really."

  • Norah Kwatala - 2012-01-17 09:47

    Cape Town people must just get over themselves, Jhb is safer. Full stop

      Daft - 2012-01-17 09:51

      Maybe u say that cause u part of the stats !!!

  • Sakkie - 2012-01-17 09:53

    Gosh! All the Cape Town vs Johannesburg comments are flying around. I am from Cape Town, and live in Johannesburg now. I am feeling rather safe in Johannesburg, compared to where I lived in Cape Town. If you are a rich person in Cape Town, sure you can hide away from it all, but for those with nothing, Johannesburg is a much safer environment than Cape Town. Typical Cape Town reactions. I am ashamed of your snobbish attitudes on here.

      Betweenuandme - 2012-01-17 10:13

      Is Sakkie Kok your real name? LOL

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 10:15

      I am not rich. I am not hiding away. I live in Cape Town in a normal suburb and lived in a much better suburb in Johannesburg, but I am and feel saver here in the south. I think you h'v answered yourself by saying it depends on where you live. No, not hiding. It is not needed here, I do have to do it in Johannesburg.

      Dinky - 2012-01-17 10:17

      OK Sakkie - believe what you choose as even the dumbest know that " IGNORANCE is BLISS." Pigs love their pens and roll in the filth of their faeces. Your name reminds me of hensoppers stadsjapies. You are ashamed of your heritage - why Boetie ?

      hlgiorgino - 2012-01-17 10:19

      You are correct Sakkie, the rich people in Cape Town live in their own little cocoon oblivious to all the crime. I lived in Cape Town for 3 years an I am happy to be back in JHB

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 10:19

      Dinky - What are you on about? This article is about crime stats. It has nothing to do with boer vs rooinek, "transvaler vs Kapenaar", heritage or any of that. Stick to the topic of discussion. In anycase your information is false. How long have you been living outside of South Africa? Are you not the one that gave up on the country long ago?

  • Dinky - 2012-01-17 09:59

    Will this info appear in comments - please moderators - permit FREEDOM OF SPEECH. @ all the sceptics... Main Media does NOT report all crime - they are unaware of it. BE INFORMED and use the links. The torture involved proves it is not "Robbery and just Crime." You need a strong stomach to view the videos and images. http://afrikaner-genocide-achives.blogspot.com/2011/04/rural-murders.html Rural Murders RURAL DEATHS names, details, sources up to April 27 2011 Estimated death toll: 3,805 – on farms, smallholdings and other rural sites such as wildlife reserves, game lodges, rural roadsides http://www.farmitracker.com/ This link keeps tracking murder sites. This list is invariably incomplete and does not include all the names of all the murdered people in rural areas because many victims remain ‘unknown’ (we have listed these under ‘Unknown’) - moreover, the list is constantly updated with new information because these attacks occur every day. Many rural murders also often are never included in the daily-crime reports by the SAPS unless someone was actually arrested and put on trial – and the information only comes to light in court. ......." "http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2011/01/farm-murders-victim-names-1994-2010.html " Contact Me Adriana Stuijt a.j.stuijt@knid.nl Nol_Stuijt@hotmail.com Skype AdrianaStuijt tel Netherlands_31_519_701_266 One lone voice keeps track from news via relatives. This is known as SILENT GENOCIDE.

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 10:01

      They report all murders in South Africa. They just do not differentiate between farm murders and urban murders. I think that is what you are on about. But they definetly report all murders in the country.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-01-17 11:31

      Mnandi smallholdings, Centurion: Mrs Pat Joffe, 76, former treasurer, SA Rhodesian Ridgeback Club: assaillant may be known to cops – yet no arrests: not even announced to the news media! Friday Jan 6 2012: 76-year-old Mrs Pat Joffe’s mystery farm-murder : not reported by police~to news media: they first claimed she was shot: but coroner found the old lady had instead been stabbed, beaten, locked in a bathroom, the key removed while she was still alive… and then she was simply left to bleed to death: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2012/01/mrs-pat-joffe-shot-dead-mnandi.html

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 14:07

      Over 16000 people were murdered last year. Over the past 17 years close to 300,000 have been killed. So, you say that 1.5% of these people constitute genocide? Wow!!!

  • Bandile - 2012-01-17 10:28

    BS!!!! thank you very much for your BS stats!!!

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 10:30

      What is BS about it? We all know that South African cities are dangerous. At least we are not as dangerous than some cities in the USA!

  • Clarence - 2012-01-17 10:33

    Useless stats, they are jst the same. They should bring Bheki Cele to be in charge of SAPS Operations(not handle any administrative duties). Under Cele, the were criminals being killed almost everyday and to me that is victory.

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 10:55

      Innocent people were killed too, but who would notice as they did not come from Clifton or Constantia

      Clarence - 2012-01-17 11:18

      I agree that the police are also torturing and murdering innocent people which I am completely against. But just seeing one criminal on the floor means one more family might sleep peacefully for another day.

      VOVO247 - 2012-01-17 11:22

      SALUTE TO THAT STATEMENT!!!!!

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 11:51

      @Clarence. Probably right, unless of course, you are the victim of police abuse. Problem is that when police abuse is accepted and seen as normal, they tend to forget where to stop and pretty soon everyone becomes their victim.

  • Dinky - 2012-01-17 11:08

    " @ Sakkie - January 17, 2012 at 10:19 Dinky - What are you on about? This article is about crime stats. It has nothing to do with boer vs rooinek, "transvaler vs Kapenaar", heritage or any of that. Stick to the topic of discussion. In anycase your information is false. How long have you been living outside of South Africa? Are you not the one that gave up on the country long ago? " FALSE ? You deny the truth imbecile. Born 1931 read my facebook - still alive and stirring the pot in Gauteng so trust me, boytjie, I intend to die here as my Oupa fought for the Boere. I am a mongrel of many European countries - so.... Please - do yourself a favour and read ....AGAIN...slooowly - it will help you to graduate - if you attempt the methods of "comprehension." I never spoke about Boer vs whoever and whatever. I queried as to why - you - an Afrikaner - despise and reject your own people with your denial of facts about their genocide. Boere call your mentality a "hensopper." Sell out your Afrikaans heritage to brown nose and stay safe. YOUR people, and mine, from our ancestors, are dying daily and you dispute the facts and figures because you are ignorant and choose to remain so. CT is known as the "Last Bastion of the British Empire." Hence the connotation of predominantly "English" as main language. Afrikaners are leaving Gauteng and trekking to CT - why ? BTW - Sakkie - you personify "those who leave us and emigrate. " It will be "when" you get your degree.

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 11:12

      I am not immigrating anywhere! And to be honest, I am really not interested in your old - school mentality. I am a young South African, and do not care about your intimidation tactics and propaganda. Sorry.

  • Dinky - 2012-01-17 11:27

    @ Sakkie Excellent tactic when you lose an argument with no comparable logic to justify your statements - to denigrate my age. I love it when you dig your own hole and fall in it. Enjoy the limited knowledge of the youth because eventually you will gain the wisdom that only comes from age. History repeats ad nauseum - therein lies truth and fact.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-01-17 11:35

      Hie hie, knowlege comes with experience you do not have when you need it.

      modumo - 2012-01-17 14:30

      @Dinky, Its people like you who ensure that our country never forgets the bad that happened in our country. There is no so called "genocide", no one is out to get you. You are just stagnant. Look the word up it will describe everything you stand for.

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 15:32

      Dinky, I am really just not in the mood to argue with you. I have stated the obvious. All murders are reported in South Africa. It just does not differentiate between farm murders and urban murders, black or white murders. Crime in "black areas" is just as shocking as crime on the farms. None of it should be acceptable.

  • Jannie - 2012-01-17 11:38

    the difference is our houses in JHB are gaurded walled and wired, CPT much less so

      David - 2012-01-17 12:36

      Well Jannie, come to Camps Bay where I live in Cape Town - high walls and electric fences, far more than where I lived (and often still visit) in Parktown North in Jhb. The only place the high level of Cape Town crime is published, is in neighbourhood watch newsletters and websites. Cape Town newspapers are sterilized of crime reporting. I've noticed even my knock and drop no longer reports on crime in my suburb. Do estate agents, with their huge advertising spend, keen on foreign buyers (and selling to Johannesburgers), dictate this sterilization? Is it the tourism authorities that dictate to the Cape Town media? But that's why people have the perception of safety in Cape Town. The Johannesburg newspapers gleefully report all crime on the front page and that's also where foreign journalists, mostly based in Johannesburg, pick up the stories and send them around the world. Cape Town newspapers bury crime on page 6, and usually under innocuous headlines. If you're not aware of any danger, its not of any concern. And that's why its a shock to suddenly realize the truth - Cape Town is a dangerous place. And by the way, Capetonians (I assume you don't live here) usually brush it off with "it's only in coloured or black areas. so its not a problem really."

  • John - 2012-01-17 11:41

    Research by Mexicans.... didn't know you could do this while taking a siesta. I wonder if the Mexican cities were on the list...

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 11:54

      12 of them in the Top 50. In fact, they clearly stated that Mexican figures are under stated

      jowza1 - 2012-01-17 12:42

      JOHN,did you read the whole article or you lost your glasses

  • Mphotent - 2012-01-17 11:45

    true that

  • modumo - 2012-01-17 11:48

    I for 1 have been in CPt since 2007 and have experienced and seen crimes that just show the anger and hatred people here have within. the gangs and drugs are a huge factor but if you look at CPT as a whole you will notice that the affluent and poor areas are worlds apart, which creates a sense of ignorance in the different areas. There is death everywhere, whther it be Johan Kotze or Sipho Dlamini, people kill people regardless of race. this all boils down to our morals as a country. There is no way that you would expect a 14 year old kid who smokes and drinks excessively to have grow up 2 be a pillar in the community. Likewise there is no way you would expect a rich kid from Constantia to care or be worried about the murder rate in Langa or the Cape Flats. What makes it worse is the amount of alcoholism in CPT, people drink as a pass time and end up in altercations that could have been avoided. If we begin bringing up our community correctly where respect and ambition to do better are the order of the day, things will change. but it also starts with people like @Bardy changing his attitude from being a complainer to someone who actually puts down recommendations. You sitting there commenting about peoples lives whilst they are trying to make something of their lives by just surviving each and everyday.Lastly, are we really going to really on these stats?

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-17 12:36

    Hehehehe, Thats why each and every house hold in Cape Town has a Security Armed response.

      hlgiorgino - 2012-01-17 12:46

      Sechaba I used to live in Fish Hoek and even the police station there has a Chubb sign ha ha ha. I promise you, go and have a look if you ever pass by there.

      hlgiorgino - 2012-01-17 13:45

      Not as glad as I am to be out of that place Nibiru, give me good old Joburg anyday.

  • chad.samuels - 2012-01-17 12:49

    I'm happy with this "bad Stat" population control... make it to the top ten and i live in cape town

  • Docterbin - 2012-01-17 12:54

    Well then its final American cities are dangerous according to the Mexican study atleast RSA is a saint compared to them......lmao :-)

  • Kara - 2012-01-17 13:14

    The reason why Cape Town's statistics are so high is probably because it is one of the cities with the highest drug abuse problems. Drugs like Tik are widely used in Cape Town and are known to lead to aggressive behaviour. Also as people said, most of the violence occurs in the townships and Cape Flats.It doesn't mean we are excluding these areas by saying this, it simply means that the actual city, as in Cape Town CBD is not necessarily more dangerous than JHB.Most of those murders happen in isolated areas, meaning that only the residents of those areas are at such a high risk, rather than Captonians in general.

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 13:47

      @Kara What makes up Cape Town is all the communities that pay their rates to the City of Cape Town, and derive services from that City. A City Centre is mostly a workplace and not what people use to determine crime levels of a particular area. So, the Cape Flats and the townships around Cape Town are indeed part of Cape Town in deciding how to allocate revenues to the city, collecting revenues, etc. Consider that every city around the world has its problem areas. Detroit and New Orleans have innercity areas that if they were removed from the stats of both cities, would result in those cities being the most peaceful in the world. The actual city of Cape Town includes townships, Cape flats and even drug dens. Furthermore, people in those areas are also Capetonians too.

  • dhuysamen1 - 2012-01-17 13:24

    Fact is that 99 % of the murders take place on the Cape Flats, are black on black and primarily caused by drugs and booze. The Cape Flats are geographically speaking not even part of Cape Town so go kill another bull you stupid Mexican !

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 14:11

      Cape Flats not part of Cape Town? Wow!!! This is a new one. Odd then that they collect rates from people in the Cape Flats and allocations for Cape Town are based on the population in the Cape Flats.

      abduraghmaan - 2012-01-17 14:28

      City of Cape Town begs do differ! @D

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-01-17 14:34

      You racist bastard...You mother fu***

      modumo - 2012-01-17 14:35

      @dhuysamen1, which rock do you live under? firstly the cape flats are part of CPT and secondly the Cape flats are predominently a coloured area, so when you say black on black, what do you mean? Catch a wake up.

      abduraghmaan - 2012-01-17 14:37

      Get out of your bubble dude!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 15:02

      @modumo. Agree. Flats is part of Cape Town. Yes, Cape Town is a city part on its own, but being in a metro I also see all areas as Cape Town. Coloured is black. Ask the gov. Well they say so when its suits them!

  • Kara - 2012-01-17 13:34

    The townships in JHB are geographically much closer to the inner city than they are in CPT. Since we are saying that most crime occurs in and around the poverty stricken areas in both cities, I think it's safe to say that JHB middle to higher income suburbs are more at risk, since they are more easily accessible. It's not that the crime in the poorer areas is unimportant, it's just that a smaller percentage of the population (in CPT) are at risk. Therefore these statistics may be correct where actual numbers are concerned, but they give a false impression regarding the safety of CPT residents who will be reading the article.

      Lenand - 2012-01-17 13:59

      @Kara The reasons townships in South Africa are far from the CBD is due to some nimble policies of the Nats, which pushed the people who could least afford the transportation costs, away from their work places. This is the same for all the townships in South Africa. Langa is about 10km from the Cape Town CBD, while Soweto is about the same distance. Consider that most of the crimes in the Western Cape, however does not emanate from Langa or Gugulethu, but from Hanover Park, Manenburg, Bonteheuwel, Netreg (part of the Cape Flats) which are closer to the Cape CBD than Soweto. I therefore find your argument odd and unrelated to facts. People are putting implications about the safety of residents. Cape Town is not unique in having areas of high crime and areas of low crime. Fact is, majority of Capetonians are exposed to crime on a daily basis just as happens in Johannesburg. You mistake your own experience with that of the majority. Ask the people that live in Salt River, Grassy Park or Woodstock whether they think they are far safer than someone that lives in Sandton, Sandhurst, Houghton, Parkview, Parkhurst

  • abduraghmaan - 2012-01-17 14:20

    You guys seriously think most of the crimes happen on the Cape Flats LOL, get out of your bubble and get back to reality, I lived in the Cape Flats all my life and must say that i have been confronted with some crime but nothing compared to what i see in the CBD and GreenPoint Area. Drugs and hookers and every street corner, murders and rape everynight, and not forgetting the fraud. I've been on the streets in CBD and GreenPoint Area for the past 5 years and I'm telling you that the things that happen here will shock you. You seriously think blaming the Cape Flats for everything that goes wrong in this city will make it a better place. I don't think so! Every city in the world has issues with drugs and gangsters, they will be around till the end of time. Biggest gangsters right now are in our parliament.

  • Danny - 2012-01-17 14:23

    Wow, so we have a lower murder rate, more jobs and a currie cup trophy :)

  • Lenand - 2012-01-17 14:28

    "Lizette Lancaster, project manager of the ISS crime and justice hub, said East London had the country’s highest murder rate of 56.1 per 100 000 people last year. Port Elizabeth had a rate of 49.4 and Cape Town’s was 45.9. “The safest metropolitan areas in relation to murder were Tshwane (22.9) followed by Johannesburg (29.5) and Ekurhuleni (34.6),” she said. “Analyses of smaller localities reveal that there are substantial differences within provinces and cities. “In the Cape Town metropolitan area, precincts such as Milnerton, Langa, Gugulethu, Harare, Nyanga, Delft and Mitchells Plain possess far higher murder rates than the tourist locations of Camps Bay and the city centre.” Lancaster said travelling to an area with a high murder rate did not necessarily translate into a higher risk of being murdered. “A 2009 SAPS internal docket analysis found that when it comes to murder, 80 percent of perpetrators are known to victims, most being relatives, friends or acquaintances of the victims,” she said. “The study also showed that 65 percent of the murders occurred as a result of social behaviour, for instance domestic conflict and arguments associated with jealousy, alcohol and drug abuse. “Only 16 percent of all murders were found to be the result of criminal behaviour such as a robbery.”"

  • Yuri - 2012-01-17 14:58

    It's amazing how Capetonians think that Townships are not part of their city - discriminatory and in denial!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 15:10

      Not only the townships. Any other Northern suburb etc. It is now better. There was a time that they would have blown there horn for any stupid excuse when you were driving in there area without a CA registration. Specially certain women in fancy cars in Sea Point, on there way home to the "nice" parts. The worst of all was that they could not even drove properly.

      Sakkie - 2012-01-17 15:37

      That is one thing about Johannesburg. The people understand that Alexandra and Soweto is also part of the city and their community. In Cape Town, they seem to live on different islands.

      Dale - 2012-01-19 10:08

      That is absolute rubbish if JHB was the highest then everyone would be saying that its all based on Soweto, Alexandria other townships. I have been to Soweto before and in my opinion it is safe to go there for anyone and it is also a tourist destination.

  • nikki.wichmann - 2012-01-17 18:19

    Complete propaganda. Come on we all know Cape Town is the leading province!!!

      Len - 2012-01-17 23:26

      Of course, it is the leading province. In this case, it leads in murder. You cannot keep a good city down

  • neo.mogatusi - 2012-01-17 18:30

    wud have thought Southside Jamaica Queens was up there too!!Mexico and Brazil has got crooked cops adding to the murders...some audited some not!

      Len - 2012-01-17 23:25

      Jamaica in Queens is an area which would fall under New York City. Because of the large population and the high density, the lower rates are understandable for NYC

  • Brent - 2012-01-17 23:06

    I feel much safer at home than in JHB.

  • Ian - 2012-01-18 07:49

    Love my ANC run city

  • Patrick - 2012-01-18 08:11

    that mexican research team are probably all on cocaine!!!

      Lenand - 2012-01-18 08:39

      But if they had said Cape Town is the best city in the world, you would have sent them tik

  • Lenand - 2012-01-18 09:26

    http://urbantitan.com/10-most-dangerous-cities-on-the-world-in-2010/ http://urbantitan.com/10-most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world-in-2011/ http://www.mostdangerouscities.org/ http://www.gustey.com/2010-most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world http://detroit.blogs.time.com/2010/04/15/the-worlds-most-dangerous-cities/ I post these links not to try to put down Cape Town. Despite all the banter between Joburg and Cape Town, any listing of any South African city does damage to all our reputation. Tourists coming to Cape Town benefit the rest of the country, while economic activity in Johannesburg also benefit the rest of the country. However, there seems to be an implication that the research needs to be ignored because a Mexican agency compiled it. Looking at some of the links, one will note that Cape Town is listed in all but one and Johannesburg is not listed in any. In South Africa, we often operate on perception, and completely ignore facts or reality. Saying that Cape Town is a dangerous place does not mean Capetonians are criminals. It simply means statistically, there is more crime in Cape Town. This can indeed be something that affect the majority in the city, though not the affluent minority. Since it is the afluent minority that have access to blogs and the media, their perception is based on their limited experience and knowledge of their own city. Those in affected areas would be surprised their fellow Capetonians are so ignorant. Let's work together and rid us of crime.

  • Dale - 2012-01-19 09:56

    I dont understand why a whole lot of people are so negative with Cape Town? Its not as though Cape Town was number 1 in the list. In my opinion Cape Town seems to be a well run city and yes unfortunately there will be some negatives that go with the positives. The Western Cape had the highest pass rate out of all the provinces which is great because once people are educated then things can grow. The scary thing is that our 4 main cities are all in the top 50.

  • martin.neate - 2012-12-20 19:31

    ARE THE POLICE KEEPING CORRECT STATS???IN JHB???

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