City’s 68.3 murders per 100 000 inhabitants last year moves it up the list. Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban and Johannesburg also in the top 50.
Beautiful beaches, breathtaking driving routes, a world famous mountain. What’s not to like about Cape Town?
How about that it’s now the eighth most violent city in the world, according to the annual rankings published by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice?
The watchdog organisation’s data looks at the 50 most dangerous cities in the world according to 2019 crime stats based on every 100 000 habitants.
Published earlier this month, the listing shows that Cape Town climbed from 15th position in the previous year’s ranking due to an increase in the murder rate from 66.4 murders per 100 000 people to 68.3 murders per 100 000.
Cape Town was 9th on the list in 2015, but subsequently it has improved its ranking.
Its 8th place in the latest ranking puts it just behind the famous Mexican resort city of Acapulco and one ahead of the city of St Louis in the USA.
Other South African cities that feature on the list are Nelson Mandela Bay (24th position), Durban (35th) and Johannesburg (41st). Johannesburg was not on the list for the three previous years.
The top five most violent cities on earth are all Mexican: Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Uruapan, Irapuato and Obregón.
Tijuana, located on the Mexico-US border, is a magnet for young Californians and also serves as a corridor for drug cartels and illegal immigrants entering the US. It registered 134 murders for every 100 000 inhabitants.
South America dominates the Top 50 list, with a smattering of entries from South Africa, the US and the Caribbean.