You are likely to be killed in Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) or eThekwini (Durban) than in all the three metros of Gauteng.
This was revealed in the latest State of Urban Safety in South Africa 2018/2019 report released by SA Cities (SACN) on Thursday.
The study, being conducted for the third time, focuses on the country’s nine metros - Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Mangaung, Buffalo City and Msunduzi.
The latest edition looked at crime trends over a 13 year period starting in the 2005/2006 financial year.
Researchers found that murder in Cape Town has steadily swelled since 2009/2010 increasing by almost 70% between 2009/2010 and 2017/2018, despite flattening over the three years from 2014/15 and 2016/2017.
Cape Town had the highest murder rate per 100 000 people at 69 followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay at 55 and eThekwini at 46.
However, researchers found that over the past 13 years, the murder rate in the three Gauteng metros remained below the national average. Yet the average murder rate for the nine cities has remained well above the national average.