Cape Town ”has the highest rates of murder, robbery and property-related crimes” while Tshwane ”has the lowest rates of murder, assault and sexual offences” of all the nine cities analysed in South African Cities Network’s State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2018/19.
According to the report, 63% of the country now lives in cities. These spaces are also where crime and violence are most concentrated. The drivers of crime and violence in cities are the ”social, economic, spatial and cultural risk factors that result from extreme poverty and inequality” the report states.
In addition to 14 other subjective and social indicators, the report analyses national crime statistics released by SAPS according to seven objective indicators. From the murder rate to the rate of robbery, the report analyses the state of crime and violence in nine of South Africa’s major cities.
All numbers quoted are incidents recorded per 100 000. The report cautions that readers should be aware that the difference in recorded crime rates is ”a product of real differences in crime prevalence, as well as differences in crime reporting and recording behaviour on the part of victims and the police.”
Here’s what the report says about these nine major cities in South Africa:
- City of Johannesburg: Joburg’s crime rates are low to moderate, except for assault (295) and especially robbery (435). It has the second-lowest recorded rate of murder (31) and levels of non-violent property-related (941) crime have
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