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Hawks investigating 18 politically-motivated murders

Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murders.

FILE: YouTube screengrab of head of the Hawks Berning Ntlemeza.

CAPE TOWN - Hawks officials say they are making progress in investigations into politically-motivated killings, with several arrests already executed.

Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on its successes over the past five months and other issues.

One of the matters raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) was the murders of election candidates leading up to the local government elections.

Ntlemeza confirms to the committee the Hawks is investigating 18 murders, related to political violence.

"It's two [murders] in the Eastern Cape, 13 in Kwazulu-Natal, one in Mpumalanga, one in North West and one in the Northern Cape."

He says 15 people have been arrested in connection with murders.

The latest arrest is that of a 29-year-old African National Congress candidate in connection with the murder of Democratic Alliance councillor Hannes Baaitjies in the Northern Cape.

He's been remanded in custody in Postmasburg.

Click here for EWN's feature tracking the political violence hot spots.