14 lions on the loose in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG - AFP
It is suspected the big cats escaped from the park, said the government of the northern Limpopo province, which has allocated rangers to monitor the pride while officials decide where to send them.
"Employees at Foskor Mine and members of the public are hereby advised to be alert at all times," the provincial department of environment and tourism said in an online statement.
He added that any animal outside the park "is the responsibility of the provincial authority."
Until the matter is settled, Phaahla warned "there is a danger to members of the public who are working in the area.
It was not clear how long the lions have been on the loose.
Earlier this week, a leopard killed a two-year-old boy inside a fenced-off staff compound in the Kruger.
A team of rangers hunted down two suspected leopards and shot them dead to avoid the risk of a repeat.
The park covers nearly two million hectares and is home to over 500 bird species and 147 mammal species.