- Thandi Modise's case of animal cruelty has been dismissed by the Potchefstroom Regional Court
- Modise has been acquitted of the charges that were pressed against her after animals died on her farm
- It was reported that the animals died because of neglect and starvation, some animals were euthanised
Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, Thandi Modise, has been acquitted of the charges that she was facing for alleged animal cruelty.
Modise was found not guilty on all six of the charges against her. According to a tweet by SABC, Modise is free to walk from the charges that were laid.
"The Potchefstroom Regional Court in the North West has acquitted Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, of all 6 charges of animal neglect."
The charges were pressed against her after livestock on the farm she was responsible for died of starvation. The caretaker who was in charge of the farm left the premises because he was hungry.
Social media users have been reacting to the news that Thandi has been acquitted of the charges. Take a look at the comments below:
"Let's face it we didn't expect her to bed held accountable. If you're ANC you can do what you want and get away with it."
"Is anyone really shocked another ANC politician getting away with it."
"Mxm there's no justice for crimes against PEOPLE here, in what reality do animals stand a chance?"
In other political news, Briefly News reported that a witness gave evidence of conditions at Thandi Modise’s farm. National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise’s case on animal cruelty continued at the Potchefstroom Regional Court on Thursday.
The court heard a witness account of the conditions at the farm regarding the animals that were found at Modise’s farm back in 2014.
It is reported that a number of carcasses were found on Modise's Modderfontein farm where it appeared the livestock were left unattended without food or water for several weeks. According to EWN, about fifty pigs were found dead, and more than 100 other animals had to be euthanised.
AfriForum’s chief investigator, Andrew Leask, recently said that Dr Sameer Abbas, a veterinarian, and a former employee at the farm shared the details on the condition of the animals.
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