SA features four times on ‘most violent cities’ list

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    THE 50 most dangerous cities in the world have been named and shamed, and four of them are in South Africa.

    The findings were released by Mexico’s ‘Citizens Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice’, as Latin America is home to some 41 of the cities listed.

    Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption and poverty are to blame for the high homicide rates across that region, which has just 8 per cent of the world’s population, according to UN data.

    An imprisoned member of street gang Mara 18 at the Izalco prison, in San Salvador in May 2013. Drugs trafficking and street gangs are blamed for the high levels of violence in Latin America

    An imprisoned member of street gang Mara 18 at the Izalco prison, in San Salvador in May 2013. Drugs trafficking and street gangs are blamed for the high levels of violence in Latin America

    The list features Cape Town in ninth place, Durban in 41st place, Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) in 42nd place and Johannesburg in 47th place.

    The ranking only takes into account cities with a population of more than 300,000, and doesn’t include deaths in combat zones or cities with unavailable data – this explains why some cities that would be expected on the list don’t feature.

    Mexico is home to the most number of cities which dropped off the list this year, with five cities no longer featuring. These cities – namely Chihuahua, Cuernavaca, Juarez, Nuevo Laredo and Torreon – no longer feature thanks to a significant decrease in their homicide rates.

    Meanwhile, Palmira in Colombia saw the most dramatic increase, rising from 32nd place in last year’s list to eighth when homicide rates almost doubled in 2015, rising from 37.66 to 70.88.

    Click on the image below to see the full list:

    Most dangerous cities

    Source credit: Mail Online – www.dailymail.co.uk

     

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