South Africa is one of the most magnificent and lush countries in the world, with tons of things to do and see. However, it has a troubled past and a troubled present with crime and unrest being a common occurrence. The barbed wires, high fences, and private guards are hard to miss for any traveler and it is clear that crime runs rampant in the country. If you have ever wondered what the most dangerous cities in South Africa are, we have a list for you.
Johannesburg is the third city with the most crime in South Africa and it is fifth in the world.Johannesburg is the largest city in the country, with a metro population of more than 10 million people. This huge amount of people is hard to govern and many slums, like Soweto, have formed in and aroundJohannesburg. Poor migrants from all of Africa choose to come to the city, which often leads to more crime and a flight of businesses and the middle class.
Durban is South Africa’s third-largest city and also suffers from a lot of crime. The town is great for surfing and many visitors come to enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean every year. While the crime usually occurs in parts of town away from the touristy ones, safety is still an issue. A lot of drugs pass through Durban, due to it being located on the coast and all of the criminal infrastructure and gangs that come along with that can be overwhelming for the local authorities.
Pretoria is one of South Africa’s three capitals and is home to many embassies, universities, and large corporations. Despite of this, there is also a lot of crime concentrated in the city and Pretoria is not only the most dangerous city in South Africa, but also one of the most crime-ridden in the whole world. While the police and local authorities are aware of the situation and are working towards improving it, progress is slow and Pretoria is unlikely to be particularly safe in the near future.