Lockdown: Beachgoers flee from authorities on Durban beach
The fence was fixed before the search party left.
This is unlike the fate of other lions in the past, who had their paws hacked off, and were left to die.
The name of the farm was not disclosed, but Zwane said it is not a visitors' farm. He added that all was in order for the farm to be permitted to keep lions, with regard to licensing and conditions.
News24 Cindy Zwane
Lions are among animals protected by law, but are poached for various body parts, such as their bones, depending on the end-user's needs.
The Mail&Guardian reported in 2019 that the government's decision to set a quota for the export of 800 lion skeletons was declared "unlawful and constitutionally invalid" after an application by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA).
National Department of Environmental Affairs spokesperson Albi Modise told News24 that Minister Barbara Creecy had appointed a panel of exports to analyse the issues surrounding the breeding of lions in captivity, hunting and the trade in lion bones after concerns raised over the animals' fate.
The findings will guide the direction of South Africa's policy.
Modise said the 2019 and 2020 export quotas have in the meantime been deferred.
When the lions escaped, writer, actor and comedian Lesegi Tlhabi had a dig at former cricketer Kevin Pietersen, whose plea that unless the tourism sector received urgent help during the lockdown, was bookended with the comment: "...Without tourism, the animals will go."