Welcome to Cape Town, SA’s most dangerous city

2017-08-23 17:56
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The Mother City has the highest rates of robbery, murder and property-related crime in the country, according to the 2017 State of Urban Safety Report.

This may be due to the fact that access to alcohol, drugs and firearms is twice as easy as it is in any other city in the country. The report, released on Wednesday, examines the state of crime and violence in South Africa’s major cities.

When it comes to murder Cape Town holds the dubious top spot along with Nelson Mandela Bay. Both cities have high levels of violent gang activity. Buffalo City is in third place.

Residents of these cities also report living with the highest levels of fear.

The report covered nine large urban municipalities over an 11-year-period –  2005/06 to 2015/16 – and examined data from government departments‚ Statistics SA and other organisations.

The cities analysed in the report are home to about 40 percent of South African citizens. Residents recorded approximately 47 percent of murders, 64 percent of aggravated robberies, 77 percent of the car hijackings and 58 percent of residential robberies.

Buffalo City and Mangaung recorded the most assaults and sexual offences but have relatively low robbery rates. Robbery is an issue in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ekurhuleni, while Msunduzi and Mangaung recorded the lowest robbery rates.

The City of Tshwane has the lowest murder rate, assault rate and recorded sexual offences rate.

Even though the report states the average South African is less than half as likely to be murdered as they were in 1994/1995, the national murder rate has increased for the fourth year in a row, representing a sustained upward trend.

Over 3 000 more murders were recorded in the 2015/16 period than in 2011/12.

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