10 Most Dangerous Cities in Africa

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Africa has seen the rise of its economy, education https://pushafrica.starbilang.com/top-10-best-african-universities/ political https://pushafrica.starbilang.com/top-10-best-performing-presidents-in-africa/,  religious  https://pushafrica.starbilang.com/top-10-richest-african-pastors/      socio-cultural sectors over the years. But in the midst of all these great achievements, Africa still has cities that are considered the most dangerous cities in Africa. Let’s begin with :

1. Rustenburg, South Africa

A city in the  North West Province of South Africa known as Rustenburg has very high crime levels and is rated at 85.71 out of a possible crime score of 100 according to a 2015 Numbeo report.   Also according to Crime Statistics Rustenburg in  South Africa  Of all of the cities in the North West Province, Rustenburg had the highest total cases of criminal recorded activities such as Household burglary, kidnapping, hijacking, and politics with 11,117 cases in 2015, according to Crime Statistics South Africa.  violence are but some of the crimes that frequently occur in this city. According to South Africa Dialogue, street crimes and muggings are also high in Rustenburg, and caution is necessary each and every day. While driving on the freeways at night, stops in undesignated areas make one a vulnerable target for robbers, and hence it’s wise to avoid making them especially at odd hours.

2. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Second, on our list is Pietermaritzburg which is the province’s second-largest city (after Durban). It is said to have very high crime levels, with a crime rating of 87.5 out of a possible crime score of 100, according to Numbeo as of January 2016.  In Pietermaritzburg, the common criminal activities include armed robbery, sexual assault, arson, drug dealing, house break-ins, carjackings, and car theft.  According to Crime Statistics South Africa, in 2015 there were 15,720 criminal incidences in the city. This was an increase in the previous years, as in 2014 there were 14,794 reported incidents of criminal activities, and in 2013 there were 13,596.

3. Benghazi, Libya

Since Muammar Gaddafi’s removal from power as the leader of Libya in 2011, the whole country has seen a rise in crime rate in respect to its city known as Benghazi, . The city is always at risk of radical Islamic terrorist attacks. According to worldatlas, ” in September of 2012, the US Embassy in Libya was attacked by violent extremists, and 4 US government employees, the US Ambassador to Libya included, died in the chaos”.  and also According to the OSAC, crime levels across the whole country are still rising. Criminal activities such as carjackings, robberies, burglaries, and gun attacks are now more prevalent, in the area.  Also, Sexual harassment of women is also rising, as well as a tiny and hardcore street crime alike.

4. Johannesburg, South Africa

In fourth place on our list is Johannesburg in South Africa with which has an estimated population of over 4 million people, and it’s also the capital of Gauteng province. In recent years it has achieved notoriety for the high numbers of crime and rape cases seen there as well. Number ranks crime levels in Johannesburg as being very high, achieving a 91.61 out of a possible crime score of 100 as of March 2016. Due to the many incidences of rape reported there, it has also been dubbed as the “World’s Rape Capital”.  Johannesburg in recent times has had xenophobic attacks springing up in the low-income townships with frequency. In 2014-2015, according to Africa Check, the murder rate in Johannesburg per 100,000 was 28.2 people. Yet, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the average global homicide rate per 100,000 people was 6.2, less than a fourth of that seen in Johannesburg

5. Durban, South Africa

Durban in South Africa is the fifth country on the list of top 10 dangerous cities in Africa.  It is the largest city in Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province in South Africa and a  coastal city that is popular with local and international tourists who annually number within the hundreds of thousands.

Also Economically, this city hosts the biggest container and commodity port in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the OSAC. Apart from all these,  crime and criminal-related deaths have been on the rise. In a 2014 report by the Mexican Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, Durban City was 38th among the 50 most violent cities in the world. Homicides per 100,000 people stood at 34.5 in 2014, up from in 2013 when they were at 32 per 100,000. As of March 2016.  Kwa-Zulu-Natal province in 2015 was reported as the most dangerous province in South Africa. Taking personal precautions, like avoiding nighttime travel or walking alone, is recommended to avoid falling victim.

6. Lagos, Nigeria

With a  population estimated at 21 million, Lagos in Nigeria one of the largest cities in the world is the sixth most dangerous city in Africa. With Numbeo giving the city a rating of 80.88 out of a possible crime score of 100 Crime levels are also very high. OSAC gives Lagos a crime rating of “critical”. Locals and expatriates alike living in Lagos are susceptible to muggings, armed robberies, home or business burglaries, carjackings, assaults, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Armed robbers in the city are known to even climb up perimeter fences and subdue guards, and others have invaded waterfront compounds by way of boats.  Vehicles are targeted by criminals and also criminals usually attack occupants in traffic and break into stationary cars. Some of Lagos’ crime fertile spots are airport roads in the days or evenings, as well as banks and grocery stores. Street gangs dubbed “area boys” cause terror in the mainland of the city when they clash. Also, Lagos is a medium for scam hotbed, from where dubious cyber-criminal prey on people under the pretension that they can receive huge compensation in return sometime later after parting with some money by way of electronic transactions.

7. Cape Town, South Africa

Crime levels in Cape Town, a port city in South Africa and the capital of Western Cape Province, are very high, even though it’s the country’s legislative capital. In recent years, it has consistently been ranked among the most violent cities in the world. Numbeo gives the city a crime rating of 82.45 out of a possible crime score of 10 as of March 2016, which is an increase from the previous 3 years. From April 2011 to March 2012, Cape Town recorded more murders than both Johannesburg and Pretoria combined, according to Africa Check. Criminal activities like drug dealing, mugging, vandalism, theft, assault, armed robbery, and bribery are especially common there, according to Numbeo. Taking nighttime walks is also risky in and of itself. Much of the violence in Cape Town is fueled by drug-related gang activity and the economic inequality still prevalent in non-white territories. According to a 2014 report by the Institute for Security Studies, annual income in a white household was just over six times more than a black household in Cape Town.

8. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Another city in South Africa appears in eighth place on the list of most dangerous cities in Africa. Port Elizabeth which is a coastal city in South Africa. One common thing about this city is that tourists are drawn to this vibrant port city, which is dubbed the “Windy City” for its windy coastal clime. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is one of the cities, historical explorers like Vasco Da Gama passed through. Well in this area, crime is very high, and Numbeo, as of February 2016, highlighted the crime levels there at 80.56 out of a possible crime score of 100. Muggings and street crimes are common in Port Elizabeth much like in the rest of South Africa.  Port Elizabeth was ranked number 35 by the Mexican Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice among the world’s 50 most dangerous cities, and, in 2013, it was number 41. Murders per 100,000 people in 2014 were 34.8, slightly down from 36 in 2013.

9. Luanda, Angola

In the ninth place on our list of top 10 most dangerous cities in Africa, is Luanda, Angola’s capital city. It has a high crime rate,  one which according to OSAC  is considered as being “critical“. In February 2016 out of a possible crime total score of 100, Numbeo rates it at 76.39.

Furthermore, according to the UK Government service, common crimes in the city are inclusive of carjackings, assaults, homicides, muggings for valuables such as mobile phones, armed robberies at either night or day (especially in areas popular with foreigners), and rape incidences both in nightlife areas and even private homes. It is advisable that walking alone at night or traveling within the city are not encouraged as crimes mostly happen at night in Luanda.  In  Luanda, there are areas that according to  OSAC are fertile grounds for crime and it particularly warns against venturing into and they include places like the Rua Nehru, the Rua Houari Boumedienne, and the traffic circle in the last part of Rua Gamal Abdel Nasser.

10. Nairobi, Kenya

As Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi is the hub of the country’s economy, thereby making it attractive to both foreign and investments, and criminal activity. According to WORLD ATLAS, the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) rates Nairobi’s crime levels as being “critical”. Furthermore, Numbeo.com,  as of March 2016, rated the crime levels of the city as high and ended up giving it a rating of 78.49 out of 100. More grievous crimes common in Nairobi, according to OSAC, are armed carjackings, home and business burglaries, kidnappings, pick-pocketing, muggings, and snatch- and grab-thefts.

All the same, according to OSAC   the victims of robbery who cooperate without resisting are more likely to be unharmed in the city.

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