Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Report: Cape Town is still the crime capital of South Africa

Cape Town road closure N1 outboundYou are better off living in Tshwane than anywhere else in South Africa, according to the SACN report.

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You have a greater chance of being murdered, robbed or have your house broken into in Cape Town than anywhere else in South Africa.

This, as reported by Times Live, is according to the South African Cities Network‘s 2018/2019 State of Urban Safety in South Africa report, which observed the crime statistics of nine of the country’s major urban environments.

Why is Cape Town still the crime capital of South Africa?

As beautiful and picturesque as the Mother City is, it still stands as one of the most divided cities in the world. Rampant gang violence and murder have maintained the city’s notorious reputation as the crime capital of the country.

According to the report, the murder rate in Cape Town has shot up by 60% in comparison to a decade ago.

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Even more alarming is that, in comparison to the stats from 2017/2018, the murder rate has shot up by 13% with the current rate said to be at 69 per 100 000 of the population.

“The City of Cape Town has very high rates of almost all crime types. It has the highest recorded rates of the nine cities for murder, robbery, and non-violent property-related crimes, and this year moved from being ranked fourth to ranked third for sexual offences,” the report indicated.

“Access to drugs, alcohol and firearms is the catalyst” – report

Although the scourge of violent crime in Cape Town has always been attached to the rise of gangs, the report suggested a simpler explanation to this.

It may be less about marginalisation and more about the ease of access to alcohol, drugs and deadly weapons.

In the report, the indicators that were used to measure marginalisation are poverty, income inequality, youth unemployment and deprivation of services.

Based on the green markings on all four of these indicators, it can be said that, in terms of marginalisation, the city is doing relatively well compared to other cities.

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“The city’s social/structural risk factors for crime suggest a low likelihood that marginalisation factors are the key relative drivers. the causal outlier for Cape Town appears to be access to alcohol, drugs and firearms.

“In this area, the city is a clear leader, recording a rate almost twice that of the next most-affected city (eThekwini),” the report said.

The report suggested that a key focus area for law enforcement should be restricting this ease of access to alcohol, drugs and firearms.

Johannesburg is the robbery capital of South Africa

Other urban cities like Tshwane recorded the least amount of crime-related activities, making it the safest city of the nine that were observed.

Johannesburg has shown a lot of improvement in the levels of violent crimes like murder and non-violent property-related crimes.

However, you are still more likely to be robbed or hijacked in Joburg than anywhere else in South Africa.

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