AfriForum private prosecution unit to prosecute Thandi Modise for animal cruelty

AfriForum private prosecution unit to prosecute Thandi Modise for animal cruelty

- AfriForum’s private prosecution unit led by Advocate Gerrie Nel intends to privately prosecute Thandi Modise

- The Speaker of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) faces allegations of animal cruelty related to animals dying of hunger on her farm in 2014

- The NPA declined to prosecute the case because of lack of evidence even though the SPCA said the conditions on the farm were horrific

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AfriForum’s private prosecutions unit led by Advocate Gerrie Nel announced on Thursday that it intends to privately prosecute the Speaker of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Thandi Modise on charges of animal cruelty.

Nel said he hoped to have the case finalised and in the Potchefstroom Magistrates Court within the next three months.

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute the matter stating that there was insufficient evidence to reasonably expect a conviction could be attained.

Briefly.co.za gathered that this was despite the National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCSPCA) documenting conditions at the farm. NCSPCA spokesperson Grace de Lange said conditions at the farm were horrific.

News24.com reported that investigators found the dead and rotting carcasses of at least 50 pigs, ducks, goats, geese and sheep on the farm outside of Potchefstroom in 2014.

Investigators were appalled to find around 85 other animals had started eating the flesh of the dead animals because no other feed was available.

The NCSPCA had to resort to legal action against Dr Sameer Abbas because he refused to testify or provide evidence such as reports and photographs in the criminal matter against Modise.

Abbas had reportedly taken various samples at the farm during the investigation and also conducted post-mortem operations on the animals.

EWN.co.za reported that Nel said in matters such as this one he did not need a document from the NPA to confirm it declined to proceed with the case.

Nel said, in this case, the NCSPCA had the right to pursue a private prosecution and that he and his team merely needed to inform the NPA of its decision to prosecute the matter on behalf of the NCSPCA.

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