Murder is on the rise in Cape Town, which I find personally distressing as Cape Town is a place I very much want to visit.
Cape Town’s murder rate has risen from 43 to 69 per 100,000 between 2009/10 and 2017/18, calculates Anine Kriegler of the University of Cape Town. Last year’s rise was the biggest since comparable data became available in 2005/06. Today its rate is more than twice that of Johannesburg (see chart) and higher than in any large city outside the Americas, according to the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think-tank.
The reasons, apparently, are gangs, guns, and bad policing.
Side note: the murder rate there is shocking by European or Australian standards; however, it’s not a whole lot higher than St. Louis or Baltimore. But then, here in America we excel at murder.