Fifteen people have been arrested for political killings nationally, Hawks head Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza told Parliament’s police committee.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation was briefing the committee on its vacancies, high profile cases and some of its successes.

Replying to a question from committee chairperson Francois Beukman, Ntlemeza told the committee that 18 people were killed in the build-up to the local government elections.

KwaZulu-Natal had 13 fatalities, followed by the Eastern Cape with two and one each in the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West.

He said of the 15 arrested suspects, two were in KwaZulu-Natal and another arrest had been in the Northern Cape.

He did not specify where the other 13 arrests had been made, except to say it “was around the country”.