USRG report reveals most violent cities in SA

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Raw murder figures compared to murder rates per 100 000 (2015/16)

According to the report released by the Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG) on Wednesday, The city of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay is displayed as the heart of murder cases in South Africa.

The report was produced by members of the Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG) hosted by the South African Cities Network (SACN), with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme.

It is an update of the state of crime and violence in South Africa’s major cities, a review of knowledge generation and sharing among city safety practitioners over the past year.

Murder rates in the three Gauteng metros (Johannesburg‚ Ekurhuleni and particularly Tshwane) have remained below the national average.

eThekwini has seen the decrease in murder rates since 2005/06‚ followed by Buffalo City and uMsunduzi.

This report uses the crime statistics that SAPS released in September 2016, not the interim statistics released in February 2017 that cover the period April to December 2016.

The murder rates in the three Gauteng metros Johannesburg‚ Ekurhuleni and particularly Tshwane remained below the national average.

Meanwhile, Cape Town has double the murder rate of the other cities and has seen its murder rate rise since 2009/2010.

TNA Reporter 

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