In the latest of those ubiquitous lists/rankings floating around the web, a Mexican research group has listed the world’s most dangerous cities based on homicide rates. Most of them are from Central and South America — 5 of the 10 most dangerous cities are in Mexico and 40 out of the top 50 are in Latin America. Then this: the most dangerous city outside of South and North America and the Caribbean, is Cape Town at no.34. Two US cities — New Orleans (at no.21) and Detroit (no.30) — beat out Cape Town. But that’s cold comfort. Oh, and the remaining cities from outside the Americas on the list also come from South Africa: Nelson Mandela Bay is at no.41, Durban no.49 and Johannesburg no.50. No other African cities made the list.
Below is a link to the original list which comes complete with statistics. Whatever the sensationalism that goes along with the list or the basis for the comparison, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know where those murders are taking place in Cape Town at least: on the Cape Flats. That part of the city that doesn’t make it into DASO commercials. #CapeTownisAwesome.