Report leaves some surprised as SA's most dangerous city is revealed

Report leaves some surprised as SA's most dangerous city is revealed

- A new report shows that Cape Town is South Africa's most violent city

- It also showed that violent crime rates in Johannesburg have decreased in recent years

- According to the report, South Africa's least violent city is Tshwane

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According to the 2018/19 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report, the most violent city in the country is Cape Town.

The Mother City was the leader in terms of murder, robbery and also non-violent property crimes.

Of the nine cities examined by the report, Tshwane was found to have the lowest rates of violent crime.

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Additionally, perhaps surprisingly, Johannesburg was found to have the second-lowest violent crime rates. The report showed decreases in several kinds of crime in recent years. It also found that Johannesburg has the highest levels of policing of drunk driving, among other police interventions.

eThekwini also saw a decrease in levels of assault and robbery, and recorded the second-lowest murder rates after Tshwane.

In contrast, Cape Town has seen an upsurge in certain types of crime. Murder rates in the city, for example, increased by 13% over the last year, according to TimesLive.

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In addition, city centres and urban areas were found to generally have higher violent crime rates than rural areas, has learned.

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The report also included policy recommendations to further drive down crime. These included regular safety audits to gather data on criminality, and then implementing evidence-based safety interventions based on the data gathered by the audits.

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