“Limpopo emerged as the safest province overall and the Western Cape the most dangerous,” the SAIRR said in a statement.
Its study measured crime rankings according to statistics on murder, robbery, and assault.
While the Western Cape fared badly when it came to protecting its residents from harm, the province was tops in terms of health, service delivery, and social well-being.
However, overall, Gauteng emerged as the country’s best province, with the highest rankings in economic growth, employment rates, and education.
“Gauteng is the best province in South Africa to live in, followed, in descending order, by the Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Free State, the North West and the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape,” said the report’s author Thuthukani Ndebele.
The Eastern Cape fared the worst when it came to service delivery, measured by factors such as access to piped water and refuse removal.