Nelson Mandela Bay

Why you should look over your shoulder if you live in Nelson Mandela Bay. Picture: File/Fotor.

Why you should LOOK over your shoulder in Nelson Mandela Bay

SA’s murder rate has been on the rise since 2011. Alarmingly, Nelson Mandela Bay has the highest numbers per capita. Here’s why …

Nelson Mandela Bay

Why you should look over your shoulder if you live in Nelson Mandela Bay. Picture: File/Fotor.

An organisation known as the SA Cities Network (SACN) has released findings on crime in major metros, and if you’re from Nelson Mandela Bay, you’re going to want to hear this.

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According to SACN’s website, the organisation has clear and focused objectives to make SA’s cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This is in fact SACN’s ninth crime report and it says it uses data based on precinct-level crimes within the boundaries of each respective city. In short, this data is different and more accurate to that of SAPS.


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Crime and murder rates in Nelson Mandela Bay are alarmingly high. Picture: File.

In a report compiled by Business Tech, if you’re from Nelson Mandela Bay, you might be surprised to see it is the most violent city in South Africa. SACN figures its data as a rate per 100 000 population. A big city like Johannesburg will have more crime, however, a region with less population might still have a higher crime rate per 100 000 of the population.


police officers Bheki Cele
Picture: Twitter/SAPoliceService

Nelson Mandela Bay is ranked as the most violent city in the country with 80 murders per 100 000, followed by Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) with 71 per 100 000. eThekwini (Durban) follows closely behind in third with 70 per 100 000.

Rank Precinct Murders (per 100 000)
1.Nelson Mandela Bay80
2.Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg)71
3.eThekwini (Durban) 70
4.Cape Town 68
5.Buffalo City54
7.Ekurhuleni (East Rand) 35
8.Manguang (Bloemfontein) 33
9.Tshwane (Pretoria)18

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SACN says there is no one factor that drives murders in any locality. Murder in wealthier cities is often driven by residential robbery or hijacking. While poorer cities show increased gang activity.

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“It is, therefore, essential to identify precisely what specific factors are at play in particular murder hotspots. For example, multiple murders (two or more victims) also drive the murder rate,” say SACN.


Nelson Mandela Bay
Image: X @SAPoliceService.

Alarmingly, South Africa’s average murder rate of 42 per 100 000 people is seven times higher than the international average. Likewise, it is three times higher than the average on the African continent.

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SACN explains that a country’s level of crime and violence is a direct correlation to its levels of inequality. South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. “Therefore, addressing inequality must no longer be considered an abstract and long-term ideal,” concluded SACN.

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