Cape Town just ranked as 8th most violent city in the world – but bystanders will help

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  • Cape Town has, once again, ranked among the top 10 most violent cities in the world.
  • This is according to a report by the Mexican Council of Public Security and Criminal Justice, which ranks 50 cities around the world.
  • By its count most of the world's most dangerous cities are in South America, though Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay, and Johannesburg feature – fairly far down.
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Cape Town now ranks as the eighth most violent city in the world, according to the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice's latest global ranking report.

The city was ranked 15th on the list for 2018/2019, but an increase in the murder rate, from 66.4 murders per 100,000 people to 68.3, saw it climb the rankings again.

The report lists the 50 most violent cities by murder rate. It only considers cities with populations exceeding 300,000 where official murder statistics are made available.

The top five on the list are all Mexican cities, followed by Caracas. The list features many more South American cities.

Among South African cities, Nelson Mandela Bay was the second most dangerous, at position 24. Durban comes in at 35, and Johannesburg, which has not featured on the list over the past three years, is at number 41.

Yet Capetonians are surprisingly willing to lend a hand when violence breaks out.

A January edition of the journal American Psychologist, reported that people in Cape Town are likely to intervene in a public skirmish, even relative to perceived safe countries such as the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

"We found that in nine-out-of-10 conflicts at least one person - but typically several - did something to help," the researchers say in their paper "Would I be helped? Cross-national CCTV footage shows that intervention is the norm in public conflicts".