The State of Urban Safety in South Africa - 2017 Report

South African Cities Network
Publication Date:
24 August 2017
Southern Africa, Legal and Judicial Affairs

The  devastating  reality  of  violence  and  crime  in  South  Africa  is  that  18 673  people  were  murdered  during 2015/16, or 51 a day. These statistics show that cities are places not only of opportunity but also of inequality and high levels of violence and crime. Cities are where the majority (63%) of South Africans live (with this figure set to continue to grow) and where most crime and violence are concentrated. The Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security's annual global ranking includes four South African cities among the top 50 most violent cities in the world.


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