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NPA working with police over election-related political killings

NPA head Shaun Abrahams says he is concerned about the high levels of election-related violence.

FILE: NPA head Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will be working closely with police, who are investigating politically-motivated crimes in the country.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams says he is concerned about the high levels of election-related violence.

Police say 10 people have been arrested in connection with politically motivated killings.

The NPA says it will ensure the speedy finalisation of cases related to election violence.

Abrahams has appointed highly experienced prosecutors to place particular focus on political killings reported in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Acting police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane says a tenth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of a ward councillor candidate in KwaZulu-Natal.

"It's still early days but we're confident that we've a solid case."

The NPA says crimes related to the intimidation of voters will also be prioritised.