Capetonians woke up today to the unfortunate news that the Mother City has been labelled the murder capital of the country.
Following the release of the State of Urban Safety Report for 2017, Cape Town has surpassed Johannesburg and other metros by more than 50% in the amount of murders committed per 100 000 people.
The report, which analyses the state and methodology of crime to decipher environments in which certain crimes are more prevalent, places the national murder rate at around 35 instances per 100 000 people.
Currently, Cape Town sits with 65 instances of murder per 100 000 people for the year 2014/2016, while Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane sit below the national average at 33, 31 and 19 instances respectively.
Overall, the country’s murder rate is one of the aspects which has led to 4 South African cities being in the top 50 most violent cities in the world.
Despite crime and murders having largely subsided since 1994, in 2015/2016 around 3000 more murders were recorded than just four years prior.
Interestingly, rough calculations surrounding existing crime and fear of said crimes show a different story. Despite crime in Cape Town being higher than in Johannesburg, residents of the Gauteng city are more fearful of crime happening to them than their Western Cape cousins.
Some pundits believe the correlation between poverty and crime should be considered given that both statistics have seen a large increase since 2011/2012 up until the present.