Joburg, SA’s most feared city

2012-01-18 15:30

Four South African cities are among the 50 cities with the highest murder rate in the world, but Johannesburg may well be the most feared city because of its aggravated robbery rate.

Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth have the highest murder and aggravated robbery rate in the country, according the latest South African Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). The report is based on 2010/2011 statistics.

The results of the survey were released this week amid a media storm about a report by a Mexican organisation that ranked Cape Town as the most violent city in Africa.

The SAIRR said the survey confirmed that Cape Town had the highest murder rate (46.2 per 100 000 people) in the country. It is followed by Port Elizabeth (45.7), Durban (36.9) and Johannesburg (30.6).

Johannesburg, however, top the list for aggravated robbery rate with 452.7. It is followed by Port Elizabeth (380.5), Durban (302.8) and Cape Town (297.9).

“Murder is a social contact crime that often occurs between people who know each other, while aggravated robbery mostly occurs at random.

“Given the types of crimes that most residents fear, many would consider Johannesburg to be the most feared city in South Africa,” commented the SAIRR’s Kerwin Lebone.

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