Africa’s most dangerous cities in 2016

December 11, 2016

I’ve talked to a lot of African friends in East and Southern Africa countries who don’t believe they are safe on the streets or their homes. In East Africa, people have had bombs and while in South Africa stabbings are happening daily. You see murders every day on media. The situation is growing worse and I know in major cities the police won’t go into certain suburbs. Africa, the world’s second largest continent by population, is the least developed region and the poorest in the world. Research shows that Africans’ perceptions of crime and justice aren’t always in line with what crime statistics show and is, but rather than basing judgements about crime trends on a particular incident or spate of incidents, or on how crime is portrayed in the news, it’s important to look at the trends for all crime or, at the very least, all reported crime.Sadly, African countries do not publish long term data on recorded rates of assault. However, some like Kenya and South Africa have conducted a representative sample survey of their population over the last couple of years and asked about personal experiences of crime.Generally, African cities are no safe place and thanks to the latest data in my possession, I compiled a list of top ten most dangerous cities in Africa in 2016 as per crime data available for both reported and locals and non locals perception index.

1. Rustenburg, South Africa

2. Johannesburg, South Africa

3. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

4. Cape Town, South Africa

5. Durban, South Africa

6. Luanda, Angola

7. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

8. Lagos, Nigeria

9. Nairobi, Kenya

10. Cairo, Egypt

Whenever such data is released on organised crime in Africa, it reveals details of a depressingly familiar tale, an explosion in organised crime linked with the drug trade, fraud and money laundering aided by corrupt government officials and security agencies. But, beneath this snapshot of greed and criminality eating African countries, preying particularly on the young and vulnerable, there is a deeper message. Few African countries take organised crime very seriously, but criminologists in the continent have always advocated for organised crime to be a matter of national security, up there with the frontline issues of defence and foreign intelligence. Although some countries says their new crime laws will help fight organised crime networks some crime experts are not convinced the new or proposed legislations being talked about in Africa can successfully identify or even combat organised crime and its possible links to terrorist networks in East, North and West African regions.

Contador Harrison