The 20-year-old zebra named Archie made it past security at the gated residential estate where he lived and travelled seven kilometres to the Kliprivier Road.
Some people notified local radio stations about the loose animal.
After John Robbie, of Talk Radio 702, was contacted he asked the caller: "So you have spotted a zebra crossing?"
Police used their car to guide the zebra away from traffic, but Archie did not give in easily.
"The police were chasing the zebra and they must have gone up and down the road three times," a guard at the Johannesburg Water Depot told The Star
"Then they herded it here and asked us to keep it because we have a big yard with a fence."
A veterinarian arrived and shot the animal with a dart to tranquilise him and he was then loaded onto a pickup truck and taken back to the Meyersdal Eco Estate, an upmarket residential community.
Archie Rutherford, chairperson of conservation at the estate, said the zebra is known for roaming and grazing of the lawns of the 200 houses there.
“This is an old man, but he's quite frisky," Rutherford told The Star
. “He has never made a run for it before."