NSPCA details Modise charges

Johannesburg - The NSPCA plans to lay eight charges against National Council of Provinces chairwoman over the alleged neglect of animals on her farm, it said on Friday.

“The eight charges are against Modise as the owner of the farm and any people who lived at the premises,” National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) executive director Marcelle Meredith said.

Thandi Modise. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The charges, relating to contraventions of the Animals Protection Act, would be laid at the Buffelshoek police station in Potchefstroom, North West, on Friday.

Modise reportedly bought the farm Modderfontein, near Potchefstroom in North West, about three years ago.

On Saturday, July 5, the police and SPCA officials found starving and dead animals on the farm.

About 85 pigs had begun cannibalising 58 dead pigs, and were reportedly drinking their own urine. Sheep, geese, goats, and ducks were among the more than 100 dead animals found. Many others had to be euthanased.

It appeared the animals had been without water and food for a week, possibly two. There were no farmworkers on the property, no electricity, and the water pumps were broken.

The Mail&Guardian and Beeld newspapers reported that the vet who performed the post mortems on several pigs' carcasses refused to have anything more to do with the case.

Dr Sameer Abbas, a veterinary surgeon practising in Potchefstroom, also refused to hand over his report on the matter.

Meredith said although the SPCA had its own report on the discoveries at the farm, Abbas had post mortem reports after he took carcasses and animal tissue for tests.

The eight counts include: