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Thandi Modise’s animal cruelty case resumes.

Article by: Dumisane Dube.

The animal cruelty trial against National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise will resume in the Potchefstroom Regional Court in North West on Wednesday.

This follows after the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) were tipped off in 2014 about animal neglect on Modise’s farm in the North West.

NSPCA got a warrant to inspect animals on the R4.8 million farm.

It was reported in 2014 that 79 animals, including 58 pigs died at Modise’s farm outside Potchefstroom.

NSPCA said in total eighty-five pigs survived, and 224 animals tragically had to be put down because of their weakened state, having existed without food for a couple of months.

 The organization added that they had managed to save some animals.  

The case was postponed in December. AfriForum is privately prosecuting Modise on behalf of the NSPCA.

Modise has pleaded not guilty to charges of animal neglect.

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