Potchefstroom - Pigs have been found starving and eating one another on a farm owned by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise, the Sunday Independent reports.

Modise bought the multi-million rand farm Modderfontein, near Potchefstroom, around three years ago.

Police and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) officials made the discovery on Saturday.

The remaining 85 pigs on the farm had begun cannabalising the 58 dead pigs, and were reportedly drinking their own urine. Sheep, geese, goats and ducks had also died on the farm.

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.

Modise said she learnt of the neglect late on Saturday.

“I am not a farmer. I am trying to farm. I am learning. But if you are a woman and you are learning you are not allowed to make mistakes.”

She said the farm had a manager, who had a family emergency. His interim replacement had disappeared.

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