The Northern Cape, with its abundance of unpaved tracks, is riddled with disputes over the awarding of lucrative infrastructure contracts.
Lootings, shootings and blockades of burning tyres show the mounting frustration in North West townships over poor service delivery.
The real problem between black and white South Africans is not white people's attitude, but the government's desertion of black people.
The M&G returned to Majakaneng and spoke to residents about last week's violent service delivery protest that brought the village to a stand still.
Ahead of elections and President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, the ruling party has admitted it messed up and broke many promises.
The voters' patience is waning, even turning violent.
Mohlakeng residents say their march for improved service delivery was peaceful, and claim the mayor instructed police to shoot rubber bullets at them.
Party members have been accused of setting municipal buildings in Mohlakeng alight as protesters stoned motorists and barricaded the N4 near Mooinooi.
Police are monitoring Majakaneng in the North West where protesters have been stoning passing vehicles, resulting in road closures.
Forensic teams will investigate the scene in the town of Malamulele in Limpopo, which has been brought to a standstill after month-long protests.
Protesters in Malamulele, Limpopo, have barred pupils from going to school and say they are giving government until Friday to meet their demands.
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.