The Sasolburg riots have raised questions over the timing of municipal boundary changes, and the Free State's premier is shifting the blame.
Don't be fooled by the genteel silence in the quaint Free State town of Parys -- there are many unchecked emotions rumbling beneath the surface.
Local politics may be fraught with animosity, but they are essential for effective governance, writes Gregory Mthembu-Salter.
Sasol's intimate involvement in the Free State town's history means the company is a ghostly presence in the contemporary conflagration.
After three days of violent protests on the streets of Zamdela the government buckled and momentarily heeded the demands of residents in the area.
In this week's Weekend 101 Sasolburg protests turn violent, FNB hurts ANC's feelings and Beyonce gets nailed for 'lip-synching'.
A consensus over the death toll in the Sasolburg protests has been reached, with police confirming that four people have died due to violence so far.
A security guard has said that police also looted shops during the violent protests in Zamdela.
Free State Premier Ace Magashule has backed the establishment of a task team to investigate the municipal demarcation issues in the province.
Despite a minister's promise to halt the municipal merger, protesters in Zamdela say their strike will continue until the government listens.
Residents of Zamdela, Sasolburg have resorted to violent protests against a proposal to merge Metsimaholo and Ngwethe municipalities.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi has postponed the planned merger of two municipalities in the Free State.
About 2 000 protesters with rocks have gathered at a stadium in Sasolburg following violent demonstrations against a recent municipal demarcation.
ANC supporters dressed in COP17 tracksuits exchanged stones with members of organisations that were marching against climate change on Saturday.
On October 1 1987 a wage dispute at the Sasol 1 petroleum refinery in Sasolburg turned ugly.