- The NSPCA received a telephonic complaint of animal neglect at Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on 14 February
- Inspectors went to the homestead on 16 February and found the claim to be untrue
- There were, however, welfare concerns and a warning was issued
The National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) received a telephonic complaint alleging that animals at former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead were being neglected on 14 February.
The complainant said there was only security personnel at the homestead and no one was looking after the animals. The source of the complaint has been withheld from the public record.
NSPCA inspectors requested the complainant to make a formal written complaint, which was received on 15 February.
Briefly.co.za discovered that inspectors obtained a search warrant and went to the Nkandla homestead on 16 February. Due to the property being a national key point, inspectors were initially refused entry.
Marcelle Meredith‚ executive director of NSPCA said the Presidency got back to the organisation within 6 hours of the initial visit and granted inspectors access to the property.
Inspectors found the claim of neglect to be untrue, there were, however, some concerns welfare concerns and a warning was issued. The warning was subsequently fully complied with, but inspectors are continuing to monitor the animals.
Meredith said the NSPCA would not turn a blind eye to any reports of animal abuse, regardless of how famous or powerful the person is. She said the organisation was committed to following up on each and every complaint it received.
Meredith said the NSPCA would continue to be the protectors of the voiceless no matter the challenges, she warned no matter where in the country or who the person was the NSPCA would act on all complaints.
“We will go after whoever. It doesn’t matter who it is,” she said.
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