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Animals suffered for 8 months on ANC speaker’s farm



Eight months before the appalling conditions on Thandi Modise’s farm were discovered, there were apparently already dead and emaciated pigs on her farm near Potchefstroom.

Ferdi van Aswegen, an animal nutritionist, testified in the regional court in Potchefstroom on Wednesday that it “broke his heart” and was “shocked and saddened” when he apparently found this situation in November 2013 on Modise’s farm Modderfontein.

Modise is on trial for six charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

AfriForum is prosecuting her privately on behalf of the National Council on Animal Protection Associations after the national prosecuting authority decided not to prosecute her.

Modise denies guilt. She claims she was not aware of her farm’s problems because she appointed a farm manager to look after it.

Van Aswegen testified that he worked for Meadow Feeds in November 2013 when pig feed was ordered for Modise’s farm from them. After the order was delivered, he drove there to check that it was done correctly. “Some of the pigs ate carcasses of dead pigs.”

Adv. Dali Mpofu, Modise’s legal representative, suggested during cross-examination that Van Aswegen carefully made notes of the farm’s condition because he knew in advance that it was Modise’s farm. Van Aswegen said it was part of his job to also advise on animal nutrition. “I, therefore, always look at the condition of the animals when I go to farms and keep notes.”

On Wednesday, Mpofu indicated several times that they would argue that the case against Modise was politically motivated, that AfriForum had hidden motives, and that “it was a waste of time.”



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