Cape Town has moved 7 places down to become the 8th most violent city in the world from a 15th position on a 2018/2019 list according to the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice’s latest global ranking report.
The reason why Cape Town was raked 15th a year ago was that the City had a murder rate of 66.4 murders per 100,000 people which subsequently increased to 68.3.
The report is published on a yearly basis with a list of 50 most violent cities by murder rate. It only considers cities with populations exceeding 300,000 where official murder statistics are made available.
As with previous years, the ranking is dominated by South American cities, with South Africa, Jamaica and US being the only main regional differences.
The top five cities are Mexican cities, led by Tijuana, which recorded a murder rate of 134.2 people per 100,000 population in 2019. The only other city to see a murder rate in the triple digits is the Mexican city of Juarez.
Nelson Mandela Bay, ranks as the second most violent city in the country, jumping from 45th in 2018/19, to 24th position in 2019/20. The city recorded 553 murders in a population of 1.2 million, giving it a murder rate of 45.8 per 100,000 people.
Durban, which ranked 47th overall last year, is now ranked 35th. The city recorded 1,577 murders among a population of 3.9 million, giving it a murder rate of 40.5 per 100,000.
Joburg, which has not been featured in the top 50 for the last three years, has returned to the list at 41st position. The city recorded 2,078 murders among a population of 5.7 million, giving it a murder rate of 36.2 per 100,000 people.