RUSTENBURG - Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise will appear in court in Potchefstroom in October to plead to charges relating to animal cruelty at her farm.
Modise appeared in the Potchefstroom Regional Court on Monday and the case was postponed to October 30 for plea, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said in a statement.
"The NSPCA was approached by Advocate Gerrie Nel to take this case on a private prosecution after the National Prosecuting Authority [NPA] declined to prosecute the case.
"In July 2014, the NSPCA obtained a warrant to inspect the animals on a farm in the North West province belonging to Thandi Modise, this was after receiving a tip-off that animals on the property had been abandoned," said Marcelle Meredith, executive director of the NSPCA.
Carcasses of over 50 pigs and other dead animals, such as geese, ducks, sheep, and goats were found.