Protestors are being unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle, a report says.
A new SERI report found that the criminal justice system was "abused" in order to intimidate activists and protesters.
More than just rebellions of the poor, community uprisings give a voice to those who feel powerless.
Service delivery protests are emblematic of a crisis of representation in municipalities and will only stop when citizen participation is embraced.
Unions are the biggest protesters, and crime is the reason underlying more protests than service delivery, data collected from municipalities shows.
The situation in Boitumelong is tense as protest action has intensified in the area, says Thandi Modise's office ahead of her visit to the area.
Premier Thandi Modise will spearhead a task team to address recent protests in North West, while a firm will investigate allegations of corruption.
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.