AfriForum's private prosecution unit says it is ready to take chairperson of the NCOP in the fifth Parliament, Thandi Modise, to trial on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) for alleged animal abuse.

‘The investigation has been concluded and steps have been taken to bring Modise before the court. The summons was successfully served, and she must appear in the Potchefstroom Regional Court on 21 June to face charges of animal abuse. This will be a first appearance and the case will most likely be postponed in order to set a trial date. The statements of the witnesses (Bejani Chauke and Captain Tebogo Mokolobate) who failed to co-operate with AfriForum's private prosecution unit, were acquired,’ said Elias Maangwale, an investigator at the unit.

News24 reports the complaint against Modise dates back to July 2014 after it was discovered that her farm was littered with carcasses of more than 50 pigs and other dead animals.

In addition to this, the surviving animals were allegedly left without food and water, and were in a desperate state when they were discovered by the NSPCA.

AfriForum took on the case after it claimed the NPA ‘failed to prosecute the matter even though there was prima facie evidence that Modise had made herself guilty of animal abuse’.

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