Modise to be charged for animal deaths

The SPCA says Thandi Modise could face more than 200 charges under the Animal Protection Act.

Thandi Modise after being voted deputy secretary-general with 2304 against Thoko Didiza's 1455 during the ANC's national conference in Polokwane, Tuesday, 18 December 2007. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair Thandi Modise will be charged for the death of each animal found dead or neglected on her Modderfontein farm in the North West.

But her lawyers are planning to fight back as the former North West Premier claims it's a political campaign to tarnish her name.

More than 120 animals were put down and another 130 rescued on Modise's farm after they had been left without water or food for nearly two weeks.

It is claimed that the farm manager had left to deal with some personal matters when the workers absconded.

The SPCA says Modise could face more than 200 charges under the Animal Protection Act if she is found guilty.

But her spokesperson Neo Moepi says the NCOP chair is the victim of a political plot to discredit her.

"There have been a number of incidences showing clear signs that there are consistent and permanent detractors and enemies who have got an agenda," says Moepi.

The SPCA is reportedly considering asking a court to declare Modise unfit to own any animals.

Meanwhile, Modise has dismissed allegations that her farmworkers were underpaid, calling them baseless and malicious.

Modise says it is bizarre that her farmworkers left without telling her.

But according to media reports, locals claims Modise underpaid her employees.

They were reportedly left to beg for food to survive.