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ANC speaker facing animal cruelty charges after animals die due to neglect on farm

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A senior inspector from the National Animal Protection Association (NSPCA) gave disturbing evidence on the first day of the trial of Thandi Modise, speaker of the National Assembly’s animal abuse case.

Grace de Lange testified about the scenes she witnessed when she was on Modise’s farm near Potchefstroom on 5 July 2014.

Rotting carcasses, as well as live, emaciated animals, were among the worst cases of animal neglect.

Modise is facing six charges related to animal neglect and abuse in the Potchefstroom Regional Court.

De Lange was the second witness that Adv. Gerrie Nel, head of AfriForum’s private prosecution unit, called. AfriForum prosecutes Modise privately on behalf of the NSPCA after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided not to prosecute her.

Modise on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to all the charges. She had earlier said she was not aware of her farm’s problems because a farm manager was in charge.

On Tuesday, shocking photos were displayed in a court of the appalling conditions that the NSPCA found in July 2014 on Modise’s farm Modderfontein between Paris and Potchefstroom.

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