South Africa has ranked as the third most dangerous country in the world, according to Numbeo’s 2021 crime index with six local cities among the 20 most dangerous globally. Pretoria was ranked as the most dangerous city in the country in 2020/21, with the highest crime score and lowest safety score.
The survey attracted around 2,650 South African respondents, with six cities meeting the response requirements to be included in the index as statistically relevant. The Numbeo Crime Index is a perceptions index based on survey responses, where users were asked to score the level of crime in their country and city from bad (-2) to good (+2), where 0 is average.
The survey of in excess of 94,000 people, deals with citizens’ levels of fear around violent crimes, property being stolen, hate crimes based on ethnicity or religion, and even corruption and bribery. As a perceptions index, it does not deal with actual crime stats, but rather how safe and secure citizens feel in their cities, with the safety index asking how safe they feel walking alone.
Globally, South Africa ranks third the same level as 2020 and below only Venezuela and Papua New Guinea. With a crime score of 77.07, and safety score of 22.03, it is considered a high-crime, low-safety country. South Africa is one of five African nations ranked in the top 20 most dangerous countries ahead of Namibia, Angola, Nigeria and Libya.
Overall, the highest scoring crime category for South Africa is corruption and bribery. #ladi_jaja?