R120 000 Raised to see Gerrie Nel take on Speaker Thandi Modise

R120 000 Raised to see Gerrie Nel take on Speaker Thandi Modise

- Over R100 000 has been donated by South Africans in support of the NSPCA in conjunction with AfriForum

- The two groups are taking on National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise in a high-profile animal cruelty case

- The former premier is facing charges of gross neglect after animals were left to starve on her Modderfontein farm

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Crowdfunding has managed to rally over R120 000 to see Advocate Gerrie Nel take on Thandi Modise on behalf of the NSPCA.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the ex-premier of the North West had been taken to task for gross neglect of animals on her Modderfontein farm.

Now, a BackaBuddy campaign has donated thousands to support Nel's prosecuting in defence of the animals who suffered 'inhumane treatment' under Modise's care, reports GoodThingsGuy.

The animals had allegedly been left to starve after riled workers had abandoned the farm after reportedly not receiving their pay.

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The Citizen reports that AfriForum had taken on the case for the SPCA without asking for a cent, but the entity had opted to raise funds in a show of gratitude for their efforts.

Kallie Kriel, AfriForum CEO, commented that the initiative was independent and aimed to cover costs such as travelling expenses:

“The NSPCA, however, felt that it would like to contribute to the costs of the case. The crowdfunding is not managed by AfriForum and the money raised will also not be paid to us. It remains the NSPCA’s money, which they will use to cover certain costs."

Earlier this year, Modise had been issued with a warrant of arrest after failing to attend a hearing relating to this mater, which has been ongoing since 2014.

The state had declined to prosecute the case against the Speaker in 2016, which had opened the door for AfriForum to pursue private prosecution.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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