By Thys Khiba
Potchefstroom – The North West Regional Court in Potchefstroom has acquitted the National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise on all 6 charges of animal neglect.
This is after the AfriForum has private prosecuted Modise on behalf of the NSPCA after carcasses of ducks, sheep and 50 pigs were found on her farm in the North West in 2014.
Thandi Modise continued to deny any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The National Council of the SPCA expressed their disappointment after Modise had been acquitted on all the charges. On Thursday, advocate Dali Mpofu representing, Modise argued there was insufficient evidence against his client.
Meanwhile advocate Gerrie Nel on Friday, representing the NSPCA, fought the application to dismiss, -but it did not succeed.
They continued to indicate that there was sufficient evidence to prove that animals suffered and died on Modise’s farm.
It was reported that the animals were left without food and water for several days. On, Thursday, Dr. Sameer Abbas and Thebogo Mokaedi testified about, what AfriForum calls ‘horrible circumstances’ on Modise’s farm. According, Dr. Abbas who is a vet from Potchefstroom, maintained that the animals were “skin and bone.”
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