Academics say burglaries and data theft point to an orchestrated intimidation campaign against those investigating service delivery protests.
While meeting Riah Phiyega, the SAHRC has deplored deaths during protests and expressed concern over the SAPS's use of force during protests.
In his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma highlighted his administration's successes but also expressed worry over violent protests.
Political intimidation is generally carried out with the approval of dominant political role-players, writes David Bruce.
Research from UJ says there's been a sharp rise in the number of people killed in service delivery protests in the last decade.
EFF leader Julius Malema has told a crowd in Moretele to stop burning buildings but to continue protesting over a lack of services.
It has become a frequent ritual in townships – disaffected youths burning tyres and looting in a demand for jobs, electricity and political change.
Gauteng and North West residents have vowed to continue protesting against poor service delivery until government accedes to their demands.
After a protester was shot dead in Sebokeng during violent protests, demonstrations continued in Majakaneng, with residents burning a truck.
A protester has been killed and five arrested for public violence in Sebokeng after a demonstration about a lack of housing.
Service delivery protests have spread to nearby townships with a clinic, house and hall the latest buildings to be burnt down by angry residents.
Violent service delivery protests in Bronkhorstspruit has seen demonstrators torch the Zithobeni satellite police station and municipal offices.
The police officer accused of murdering a protester, who was shot dead in Durban Deep during a service delivery protest, has been granted bail.
A policeman accused of shooting dead a protester has appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court, as angry residents protested outside.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says cops fired banned shotgun rounds during a service delivery protest that left four dead in Mothotlung.
Durban Deep residents have marched to the Roodepoort magistrate's court to protest against the arrest of 15 demonstrators.
Madibeng mayor Poppy Magongoa and two members of her council have resigned, following a call from the ANC to implement disciplinary actions.
The tragedy of Brits's lack of access to clean water is that people had to die before anyone took any notice.
Three people have died after a stand-off between police and demonstrators in Mothutlung. But residents say cops opened fire on them without warning.
Eyewitness accounts at the Mothotlung shooting of two protesters paint a picture of police acting in contravention of crowd management rules.