10 most dangerous cities to live in South Africa


South Africa is considered as one of the most dangerous countries to live in Africa. However, the stats are based on research of non-official organizations. Moreover, stats from different surveys give different data for each city of South Africa. While people can understand that there might be a few differences between surveys done by different organizations, but those differences still give them an idea whether traveling or living in one city is better than the other.

Do you really think that crime and safety index give you the exact idea whether living is a city is better than the other? For instance, crime data extracted from surveys of a small city depends on a smaller population as compared to a big and populous city. Moreover, surveys are not quite enough to give you a better answer of safety and crime situation in a city as compared to the people who live in that place or city.

Nevertheless, crime and safety situation in South Africa in Africa is worst as compared to other major countries of the World. People can’t compare the safety index of the country with some of the most peaceful countries in the World such as Austria, New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, and several other countries.

Serious efforts are required to control the safety, crime situation in South Africa. Some un-official surveys say that every day 57 murders are committed around the different places of the countries. Other crimes include threat, robbery, assault, drugs, and other different crimes. Today, I will share with you the list of the most dangerous cities to live in South Africa.

Top 10 dangerous cities to live in South Africa

Next is the list of the most dangerous cities in South Africa. The crime/safety data given below is taken from Numbeo website.

  1. Pietermaritzburg

    Crime Index: 82.34
    Safety Index: 17.66

    It is the capital and the second largest city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Crime in Pietermaritzburg is increasing at a fast pace. People are being robbed, insulted, and attacked every passing day of the calendar year. Serious efforts are required to control the crime incidents that happen every day in Pietermaritzburg city.

  2. Johannesburg

    Crime Index: 79.20
    Safety Index: 20.80

    Johannesburg is a big city, biggest urban area in South Africa. It is the 50th big urban city in the World. Stats show that Johannesburg is the 5th most dangerous city in the World. Due to a large population, crime incidents happen quite so often as compared to the other small cities. That is one of the reasons of a higher crime index in Johannesburg. All different types of crimes are seen in the news. The authorities must take extra efforts to control crime in Johannesburg.

  3. New Castle

    Crime Index: 78.96
    Safety Index: 21.04

    On the third of the list is Newcastle city, which is one of the most dangerous cities in South Africa for home moving or living. The crime index is lower than that of Johannesburg, however, not much to bring crime down to a better and safe level. All criminal activities should be taken into account and safety must be provided to the people living in Newcastle City.

  4. Durban

    Crime Index: 78.34
    Safety Index: 21.66

    Sadly, among Johannesburg, Durban is also a one of the most dangerous cities in the World. People are robbed, attacked, and insulted every day in the city. These incidents are increasing every passing year. The country police force and other authorities have not given much time to control the crime in the Durban city. People love economic prosperity, but safety is a must.

  5. Pretoria

    Crime Index: 77.99
    Safety Index: 22.01

    Pretoria was previously the most dangerous city in South Africa. However, the criminal activities count is going down for in the previous months. Authorities are doing their best to control the safety and crime issues. Living in Pretoria is still not much safe as compared to some of the most peaceful cities in the World.

  6. Benoni

    Crime Index: 77.07
    Safety Index: 22.93

    Benoni is safer than the previous mentioned cities. However, the crime rate index still says that living in Benoni is not a good idea. People are attacked, insulted, and robbed. Crime is also rising in the city. The situation is getting worse after every passing year. But that is what the stats show, real time scenario might give a whole different idea or something better than the crime rate indexes.

  7. Boksburg

    Crime Index: 76.86
    Safety Index: 23.14

    In Boksburg, people are worried about things been stolen from their home. Robbery, theft, and violent crimes are rising as each year passes. The only difference between living in Boksburg and other cities is that people are not insulted for their ethnic differences such as color, religion, culture, and other ethnic values.

  8. Cape Town

    Crime Index: 71.35
    Safety Index: 28.65

    In Cape Town, walking alone in the night, especially in downtown means suicide. All the activities such as fun and entertainment should done is daylight and with your friends and family. Cape Town is a safer city than the previous ones. However, safety standards are not that good as compared to other major cities in Europe and North America. There is no doubt Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Talking about security, caution is the best option.

  9. Bloemfontein

    Crime Index: 71.08
    Safety Index: 28.92

    As we go down the list, crime rate is getting lower and safety index is getting high. Bloemfontein is the 9th dangerous city to live in Africa. Bribery, corruption, theft, robbery, murder, and other violent crimes are common in this city. Based on the statistical data by Numbeo, people must read the whole scenario before they make their decision of moving to Bloemfontein city.

  10. Port Elizabeth

    Crime Index: 70.22
    Safety Index: 29.78

    Last on the list is the city of Port Elizabeth. Here, crime situation is better than the previous; however, security merits are still not met to declare it as a safe city to live in.

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