Thandi Modise, the speaker of parliament, appeared in the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s court on Tuesday to face six charges of animal cruelty laid against her.
In 2014 the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said it was the worst case of animal cruelty they had seen on Modise’s over R4 million farm.
According to News24, dozens of carcasses and emaciated animals were found on her farm. Despite the claims, Modise pleaded not guilty to all 6 charges when she appeared in court as prosecution against her started.
The publication said that Gerrie Nel, AfriForum’s advocate who is part of the prosecution on behalf of the NSPCA, told the court that the alleged neglect of more than 147 pigs, more than 59 sheep, more than 11 lambs, more than 54 goats and more than 25 chickens and geese led to the alleged emaciation and even death of the animals.
Dali Mpofu SC who is Modise’s legal representative said that a plea explanation was unavailable once Thandi Modise pleaded not guilty and that the trial should proceed.
Modise was publicly defended by former North West Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Raymond Elisha who suggested that the charges against Modise were political and that there was sabotage to the farm, wrote News24.