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ANC: DA politicising Modise animal deaths

The ruling party accused the opposition of not speaking when black workers were abused on farms.

FILE: The ANC said it believes the Democratic Alliance (DA) is guilty of hypocrisy. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is guilty of hypocrisy and is trying to politicise the deaths of animals on National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Speaker Thandi Modise's farm, the ANC said on Tuesday.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) found dozens of dead pigs on her Potchefstroom farm at the weekend.

The welfare body said many pigs started cannibalising on dead animals.

Modise, the former premier of the North West province, said she left the farm in the care of a manager who absconded.

ANC caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the DA was making a public campaign about animals but never spoke when black workers were abused on farms.

"Black farmers were treated as baboons and killed but nothing was said about it."

Motapho added the ANC took exception to political parties using the situation to criticise the government's land reform efforts.

The DA's Chris Hattingh says the ANC's claims are ridiculous.

"This is the obvious response that one could have expected from the ANC. The reality is that we have seen serious abuse of animals, we have seen serious neglect of animals. We expected the ANC to play the race card."

North West police on Monday confirmed a case of animal cruelty was opened against the NCOP chair.

Modise faces charges relating to neglect and the starving of animals.