According to the latest Numbeo Crime Index, South Africa is the fourth-most-dangerous country to live in in the world – behind Venezuela, Papua New Guinea and Honduras, but way ahead of war-savaged countries like Afghanistan and Syria.
The index collated responses from survey respondents around the world who were asked to score the level of perceived crime in their countries and cities.
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It’s important to note that the index doesn’t deal with actual crime stats, but is rather based on respondents’ perceived levels of safety in their surroundings, Business Tech reports.
From a country perspective, corruption and bribery were the crimes that raked in the highest scores in SA, not surprising given the current political climate and era of state capture.
Being insulted received the lowest score.
The most surprising insight to come out of the index is the fact that Pietermaritzburg is ranked the third-most-dangerous city out of the 331 cities included in the survey.
Pietermaritzburg recorded the highest crime index for violent crimes, with assault and armed robbery featuring high on the list of crimes in the city. The KZN city also recorded the lowest safety index.
Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban feature in the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world, ranking 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
Respondents rated Johannesburg as the city with the most violent crimes committed, with corruption also featuring fairly high on the list. Pretoria was also rated for its violent crimes, while Durban respondents scored the highest index rating for corruption and bribery.
Globally, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town were ranked the 14th and 21st most dangerous cities in the world respectively.