Although no city is free of violence and crime, some countries appear to be clearly more violent than others and according to the latest release by the World Health Organization, South Africa falls under the category of the top most violent countries in the world.
In its latest release, the World Health Organization gave a statistical update for global health around the world – which includes data on the global homicide rates.
The organisation’s data report presented a homicide rate of 35.7 murders per 100,000 population and South Africa became the 9th most violent country in the world and the most violent in Africa below only Lesotho (37.5).
World Health Organization tracked homicide rates in 194 countries and discovered only 16 countries were in the “most violent” category – with more than 20 murders per 100,000 population.
Incidentally, aside South Africa and Lesotho, all of the most violent countries were in South America.
South Africa’s crime problems are well known and well documented, with the SAPS tracking of all reported violent crimes in the country.
In one of the reports by Institute for Security Studies and Africa Check, South had its highest number of murders in 2014 giving it a high increase than in the past 20 years.
This time, a report compiled by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice in January 2016, found that four South African cities had cracked the list of the 50 most violent places in the world.
Report from crime and safety on Lesotho in 2015 pointed out that citizens of the land-locked country were beginning to mimic criminal behaviour of the surrounding South Africa. adding that endemic poverty and widespread unemployment are part of the attributive factors of an increased criminal activity.
“Criminals are generally well-armed and are not averse to using violence in order to achieve their objective, especially when they encounter any type of resistance from a would-be victim,” the report said.
“Crimes committed at knife point have increased and are the most common force used; however, crimes committed at gunpoint are becoming more common as well as guns are smuggled in from South Africa,” the report added.
Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but also south Africa’s most violent city, with 65.53 murders per 100,000 people – the 9th most violent city in the world.
A city that is battling extremely high crime rates. Prone to mugging, it is one of the most unsafe cities at night, especially for women. The high level of crime is attributed to the disparity between socioeconomic classes.
Durban is the second most violent city in the country, with 35.93 murders per 100,000 people, followed by Nelson Mandela Bay (35.85 per 100,000 people) and Johannesburg (30.31 per 100,000 people).