In the process, several foreign-owned shops and business were looted and torched.
Protesters also smashed windows and damaged cars.
The killing of a taxi driver near the Bloed long-distance taxi rank on Tuesday sparked the violence.
Nomalanga Mnisi pays R50 per day to travel from Mabopane to the Unisa campus.
Mnisi said women were even at greater risk of being attacked by drug addicts at the taxi rank.
“It’s not safe walking there as a woman because they snatch our bags and rob us. We are scared of them, because we can’t fight back,” Mnisi said.
She usually arrives at the rank after 3pm to take a taxi home. "It is very busy that time of day. There are a lot of nyaope boys there. You can see they are on drugs.
"They even inject themselves right in front of us."
Police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said a group of protesters attempted to march in Sunnyside on Thursday afternoon, but were stopped in their tracks by law enforcement.
"The situation is calm at the moment. There is no violence happening for now."