- Social media posts claiming that Pietermaritzburg is the world's second-most dangerous city in the world have been circulating
- Five other South African cities made the top 20 in the report, leading some to question its validity
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the rankings to determine if it is indeed true
A list from website Numbeo recently claimed that Pietermaritzburg is one of the world's most dangerous cities.
Other South African cities that managed to make the cut into the top 20 included Pretoria (5th), Durban (6th), Johannesburg (7th), Port Elizabeth (14th) and Cape Town (19th).
Briefly.co.za explores the statistics and sees if they are based on reality or opinion.
AFP Fact Check revealed that Numbeo gathered information based on a survey which gathered people's opinions.
In other words, the chart displays people's perception of how dangerous the cities in question are in place of looking at crime statistics for the area.
The most recently released South African Police Services statistics for the nation's crime rates tells a very different story to what the perceived levels of danger are in Numbeo's rankings.
Take a look at this graph below to see the areas where the most crimes were reported in South Africa:
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