Cape Town voted 8th most violent city in the world


Cape Town has made the cut in yet another report on violence and crime. According to the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice’s latest global ranking report, the Mother City ranks at the eighth most violent city in the world.

It’s not the first time Cape Town made the top 20 on this specific list – in 2018 and 2019 the city was voted at 15th most violent city worldwide. However, since an increase in the murder rate from 66.4 murders per 100,000 people to 68.3, Cape Town has moved into the top 10 this year.

The report lists 50 of the most violent cities by murder rate. It analyzes cities with populations exceeding 300,000 and where official murder statistics are available.

Other South African cities making the list include Nelson Mandela Bay at number 24. Durban at 35, and Johannesburg, which surprisingly was not featured on the list over the past three years, came in at number 41.

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The top five on the list are all Mexican cities. Interestingly enough, despite Cape Town being notorious for its crime, the city is full of good samaritans. A January edition of the journal American Psychologist reported that people in Cape Town are highly likely to intervene in a public incident even more so than safer countries such as the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

“We found that nine-out-of-10 conflicts at least one person – but typically several – did something to help. Would I be helped? Cross-national CCTV footage shows that intervention is the norm in public conflicts in South Africa”.

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