Speaker Thandi Modise acquitted on all 6 charges of animal neglect

Lobby group AfriForum privately prosecuted National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise on behalf of the NSPCA - after carcasses of sheep, ducks and 50 pigs were found on her Modderfontein farm in the North West in 2014.

FILE: The former Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise on 11 June 2019. Picture: @ParliamentofRSA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has been acquitted on all 6 charges of animal neglect in the Potchefstroom Regional Court.

Lobby group AfriForum privately prosecuted Modise on behalf of the NSPCA after carcasses of sheep, ducks and 50 pigs were found on her Modderfontein farm in the North West in 2014.

Modise had denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The National Council of the SPCA said it was extremely disappointed that Modise had been acquitted on all the charges.

The NSPCA said it was disheartening that Modise had walked free after almost seven years of pursuing justice for the animals that were subjected to heinous cruelty on her farm.

Modise’s lawyers on Thursday argued there was insufficient evidence against her.

On Friday Advocate Gerrie Nel and AfriForum's legal team fiercely fought the application to dismiss - but it did not succeed.

The NSPCA maintained there was overwhelming evidence that animals suffered and died on Modise's farm.

It appeared the animals were left unattended without food or water for several days.

A vet, Doctor Sameer Abbas, had testified about appalling conditions on the farm and stated the animals who were still alive - were just skin and bone.

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