Individuals with ambitions of office are behind the violent protests which are common in the country, says State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.
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.
Public protector fails to get Northern Cape town to reopen schools that have been closed for months.
Deep-seated discontent over ward councillors in ANC-controlled areas continues to spill over into violent protests, most recently in Zandspruit.
Protests in Noordgesig were reaching an "explosive point" on Friday, the National Association for the Advancement of Affected People said.
Two provincial government teams to address address service delivery problems were introduced on Friday to Meqheleng residents in Ficksburg.
Two municipal buildings in Ficksburg were set alight by rioters on Thursday after the killing of a man allegedly by the police.
Grassroots members claim regional officials ignored their choice of candidates.
The protest in the Mpumalanga township of Wesselton, near Ermelo, was suspended on Thursday, said a community leader.
National police commissioner Bheki Cele on Wednesday said more than 120 people had been arrested in Wesselton near Ermelo in Mpumalanga.
The African National Congress has condemned the violent protest in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday.