Cape Town Makes The List Of 10 Most Violent Cities In The World


Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice has a report which shows that Cape Town has maintained its notorious position as South Africa’s most violent city and is also among the top 10 most violent cities in the world.

The report mentioned the 50 most violent cities in the world based on the number of murders per 100,000 people. These rankings are only done for cities where murder statistics are made available with populations above 300,000.

Data compiled by Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, shows which cities in South Africa are the hardest hit by crime.

It was an alarming discovery as the group notes that 5,900 crimes are reported to the South African Police Services every day.

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While Gauteng as a whole experienced the most crime in 2014 (647,409), the two worst areas are located in the Western Cape, namely Mitchells Plain (25,575 cases) and Cape Town Central (18,369 cases).

Western Cape city has fallen an alarming five positions on the annual ranking, pushing into the top 10 most violent cities in the world at number nine. Last year, Cape Town registered 2,451 homicides among a population of 3.74 million people.

Nelson Mandela Bay and Durban dropped down the ranking despite murder rates getting worse. These are South Africa’s other high ranking cities.

Durban has now overthrown Nelson Mandela Bay as the country’s second most violent city, dropping to 41st position, while Nelson Mandela Bay dropped to 42nd.

Durban registered 1,237 homicides in a population of 3.44 million people, giving it a rate of 35.93 per 100,000 people. While Nelson Mandela Bay registered 413 homicides in a population of 1.15 million people, giving it a rate of 35.85 per 100,000 people.

Most Violent Cities in South Africa Based On Murder Rate

City 2013 2014 2015
Cape Town 51.0 60.0 65.5
Durban 32.4 34.7 35.9
Nelson Mandela Bay 35.7 34.9 35.8
Johannesburg 33.3

Most violent cities in South Africa In Ranking Order

City 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cape Town 34th 27th 20th 14th 9th
Durban 49th 46th 48th 38th 41st
Nelson Mandela Bay 41st 38th 41st 35th 42nd
Johannesburg 50th 47th

Meanwhile, from the above figures, Johannesburg which has managed to avoid the top 50 for three years, has emerged on the list at 47th position of the 50 most violent cities in the world. Johannesburg was last ranked by the group in 2011 in 50th position.

Johannesburg registered 1,344 homicides in a population of 4.43 million people, giving it a rate of 30.31 per 100,000 people.

Cape Town’s entry into the top 10 most violent cities in the world is alarming because the top 10 is a group of the champions of violence.

Within the list of 50 cities in the ranking, 21 are located in Brazil, 8 in Venezuela, Mexico 5, South Africa has 4, 4 in the United States, 3 in Colombia and 2 in Honduras.

Latin America got an overwhelming majority on the list of 50 most violent cities in the world with 41 cities and also made the top 10 most violent cities in the world.

San Pedro Sula in Honduras didn’t top the list this time. The region was trumped by former number two, Caracas, Venezuela, with a rate of 119.87 homicides per 100,000 citizens.

San Pedro Sula still took the second spot though, having seen its homicide rate drop from a massive 171.20 homicides per 100,000 in 2014, to a rate of 111.03 in 2015.

 10 Most Violent Cities in the World

City Country Homicides Population Rate per 100,000
Caracas Venezuela 3 946 3 291 830 119.87
San Pedro Sula Honduras 885 797 065 111.03
San Salvador El Salvador 1918 1 767 102 108.54
Acapulco Mexico 903 862 176 104.73
Maturin Venezuela 505 584 166 86.45
Central District Honduras 882 1 199 802 73.51
Valencia Venezuela 1125 1 555 739 72.31
Palmira Colombia 216 304 735 70.88
Cape Town South Africa 2451 3 740 026 65.53
Cali Colombia 1523 2 369 821 64.27