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Durban - Four South African cities, including Durban, have been named among the world’s most dangerous places in a study released by the Mexico City Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice.

The rankings are based on the number of murders per 100 000 inhabitants last year in cities with a population of more than 300 000.

These cities were not in war zones and also had statistics available.

Cities without proper stats were excluded.

Cape Town was named at number 9 with 65.53 murders per 100 000, while Durban came in at 41 with a murder rate of 35.93. Port Elizabeth was next at 42 (35.85) and Johannesburg at 47 (30.31).

The most dangerous city in the world is Caracas in Venezuela with a murder rate of 119.87.

Most dangerous places were in South America but the US cities of Detroit, New Orleans, St Louis and Baltimore also featured.

Of the 50 cities in the ranking, 21 are in Brazil, eight in Venezuela, five in Mexico, four in Africa, four in the US, three in Colombia, and two in Honduras.

1. Caracas,Venezuela – 119.87

2. San Pedro Sula, Honduras – 111.03

3. San Salvador, El Salvador – 108.54

4.Acapulco, Mexico – 104.73

5. Maturin,Venezuela – 86.45

6. Distrito Central, Honduras – 73.51

7.Valencia,Venezuela – 72.31

8. Palmira, Colombia – 70.88

9. Cape Town, South Africa – 65.53

10. Cali, Colombia – 64.27

11. Cuidad Guayana,Venezuela – 62.33

12. Fortaleza, Brazil – 60.77

13. Natal, Brazil – 60.66

14. Salvador, Brazil – 60.63

15. St Louis, Missouri, US – 59.23

16. Joao Pessoa, Brazil – 58.40

17. Culiacan, Mexico – 56.09

18. Maceio, Brazil – 55.63

19. Baltimore, Maryland, US – 54.98

20. Barquisimeto,Venezuela – 54.96

21. Sao Luis, Brazil – 53.05

22. Cuiaba, Brazil – 48.52

23. Manaus, Brazil – 47.87

24. Cumana,Venezuela – 47.77

25. Guatemala City, Guatemala – 47.17

26. Belem, Brazil – 45.83

27. Feira de Santana, Brazil – 45.5

28. Detroit, Michigan, US – 43.89

29. Goiania, Brazil – 43.38

30.Teresina, Brazil – 42.64

31.Vitoria, Brazil – 41.99

32. New Orleans, Louisiana, US – 41.44

33. Kingston, Jamaica – 41.14

34. Gran Barcelona,Venezuela – 40.08

35.Tijuana, Mexico – 39.09

36.Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil – 38.46

37. Recife, Brazil – 38.12

38.Aracaju. Brazil – 37.7

39. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil – 36.16

40. Campina Grande, Brazil – 36.04

41. Durban, South Africa – 35.93

42. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa – 35.85

43. Porto Alegre, Brazil – 34.73

44. Curitiba, Brazil – 34.71

45. Pereira, Colombia – 32.58

46.Victoria, Mexico – 30.50

47. Johannesburg, South Africa – 30.31

48. Macapa, Brazil – 30.25

49. Maracaibo,Venezuela – 28.85

50. Obregon, Mexico – 28.29