Police move in to desperse residents of Elias Motsoaledi informal Settlement in Soweto who were protesting over lack of service delivery. They blocked the main Chris Hani Road. 170413 Picture: Boxer Ngwenya

Johannesburg - A service delivery protest in the Elias Motsoaledi informal settlement in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, abated on Thursday, police said.

“The situation is calm, but police are still there,” Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said.

Earlier in day, police were on high alert in anticipation of a violent protest after protesters blockaded a road with burning tyres and stoned vehicles on Wednesday.

Mogale said police had arrested a man who was expected to appear soon in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

Johannesburg metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said a large contingent of officers was being maintained in the area. - Sapa