Living in Cape Town, you have a greater chance of being murdered, robbed or have your house broken 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 the crime so high in the beautiful Cape Town?
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. Gang Violence and murder have maintained Cape Town notorious reputation as the ‘Crime Capital of the Country’ with 1875 murders in the last six month, with 14 murders in the last seven days. With those revealed statistics crime is out of control in the Western Cape.
More alarming is that in comparison to the stats from 2017/2018 the murder rate has grown by 13% in the last year.
Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz reached out to National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele to intervene. He said:
“War is commonly defined by the UN and other such institutions as an act of conflict that has claimed more than 1000 lives. In the Western Cape, 1875 people were murdered in the past six months alone. This means that many of our most vulnerable residents in the province are living in a war zone.”
Fritz will reach out to Cele to host an urgent meeting to address these senseless killings and will attend the Provincial Courts Efficiency Committee Meeting on Wednesday, June 12 chaired by Judge President Hlope where he will again call for the police to act.
Johannesburg – The Robbery Capital of South Africa
Johannesburg has shown a lot of improvement in the levels of violent crimes like murder and non-violent property-related crimes. However, Johannesburg was ranked as the ‘Robbery Capital of South Africa’, so you are still more likely to be robbed or hijacked in Johannesburg than anywhere else in South Africa.
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