Cape Town - Despite slower population growth, lower youth unemployment and better income figures, Cape Town still saw a 40% increase in murders and a rise in other crime in the past decade.
This is according to the latest State of Urban Safety report which said that easy access to guns, drugs and alcohol could be driving crime.
"Cape Town has double the murder rate of the other cities and has seen its murder rate rise since 2009/10, increasing by 40% between 2011/12 and 2015/16. Based on murder rates, the two most violent metros in South Africa are Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay, both of which have high levels of gang crimes," the report read.
The report also said that Mangaung is the only metro other than Cape Town to have seen an increase in the murder rate in the last decade.
"Cape Town has a population that is growing more slowly than Johannesburg and Tshwane, and has the lowest level of poverty, as measured by the Human Development Index, the lowest income inequality, and the second lowest youth unemployment rate of all the cities. And yet Cape Town has extremely high levels of crime. So, what is driving crime? An answer may lie in the disproportionate access to alcohol, drugs and firearms, which is more than twice that of any other city."