Vicky Somniso-Abraham
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17 Sep 2015
9:00 am

NSPCA slams inaction over stock deaths

Vicky Somniso-Abraham

The National Council of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) farm animal protection unit has raised concerns about police dragging their feet in a case involving the death of animals at a farm owned by the chairperson of National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Thandi Modise.

FILE PICTURE: Chairwoman of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise. Picture: GCIS

It is alleged over 100 animals starved and resorted to eating one another at Modise’s farm in Modderfontein in the North West Province.

The NSPCA said it lodged a criminal case against Modise in July last year. The NSPCA Farm Animal Protection Unit’s manager Andries Venter said: “We are dismayed and frustrated that it took the police a year to obtain a statement from Thandi Modise.”

He said they were allegedly informed by the police that two witness statements still need to be obtained. He said the investigating officer had said the docket had been handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but only to discover this was not the case.

Venter said they were concerned about the lack of progress and the fact that it was taking long for the case to be heard in court, despite it being investigated by a high-ranking officer. The National Council of the SPCA assured the public and its supporters that the matter would be pursued relentlessly.

The NSPCA said it would do whatever it took, in the interest of the animals that suffered on the property dubbed the farm of horrors, to bring the accused to book.

North West provincial spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said: “Investigations are on-going and significant progress has been made regarding this case. I don’t want to be drawn on other allegations regarding the docket and police taking long to obtain statements from people.”

Modise’s spokesperson Tsepiso Shuenyane, said: “The matter is with her attorneys. Hon. Modise is steadfast in her resolve that all legal processes pertaining to this matter should be allowed to unfold.”