Modise to face court on charges of animal cruelty

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BONUS - MAHIKENG - The Chairperson of the national Council of Provinces and a former Premier of the North West Province - Thandi Modise - could soon be facing charges of animal cruelty in a case that has been “re-opened” by the national lobby group AfriForum.

The case which went “cold” for all practical purposes re-emerged last week Afriforum announced that it was going to privately prosecute Modise over incidents uncovered on her farm just outside Potchefstroom in the North West Province in 2015. Modise faced legal action shortly after it was discovered that dozens of animals were starving on the farm.

After investigation it was discovered that Modise’s farm was littered by scores of corpses - mainly pigs. In addition to the pigs, other farm animals such as sheeps, goats, geese and ducks have died while it was discovered that some of the carcasses have been eaten by the surviving animals on the farm. Leading advocate - Gerrie Nel of AfriForum, said he expected the charges to be laid withing the next few months.

Subsequently, the National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) indicated that it has laid a complaint against Dr Sameer Abass with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) after he has failed to provide evidence and reports of criminal conduct on the former Premier’s farm.

The charges included one of unprofessional conduct in terms of the SAVC.  The case went “cold” after the court later found that there was no reasonable chance that Modise could be prosecuted successfully.