- An arrest warrant has been reserved for National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise
- AfriForum confirmed this development after Modise failed to appear in court on Tuesday
- The National Assembly Speaker is facing charges of animal cruelty
AfriForum says that an arrest warrant has been reserved for National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise.
This comes after the politician failed to appear in the Potchefstroom Regional Court on Tuesday.
The lobby group announced that it would be pursuing private prosecution against Modise on behalf of the NSPCA.
The Citizen reports that the magistrate opted to reserve awarrant of arrest pending her next appearance in court later in March.
Briefly.co.za reported that Modise was accused of abandoning her North West farm, causing the death of over 50 animals in 2014.
Late last year Advocate Gerrie Nel, who heads the group's private prosecuting unit, informed the court that the matter was ready to go to trial.
Issues that had come up beforehand had been resolved and the unit would be handing over a case docket to the defence team.
At this stage, Nel had revealed provisional trial dates had been set for this week. However, the coronavirus pandemic saw Modise asked to help according to her lawyer.
Andrew Leask, the units leading investigator, insists that Modise would still need to explain her absence:
“Modise will have to explain on 31 March why she had been absent, after which the prosecution can hopefully commence. It is unacceptable for Modise not appearing in court today [Tuesday], and simply arguing that the reason for her absence is her office. No one is above the law, not even the speaker of the National Assembly. AfriForum’s private prosecution unit is looking forward to the commencement of the hearing on 31 March.”
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