Thandi Modise, chairwoman of South Africa’s lower house of parliament and a senior leader of the ruling African National Congress, faces criminal charges after several animals, including pigs and sheep, died on her farm due to neglect.
The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in an e-mailed statement it will lay charges against those involved in the deaths and mistreatment of the animals at Modise’s farm near Potchefstroom in the North West province. Modise said in a statement yesterday that she was unaware that a supervisor who had replaced her farm manager had left the property.
The “negligence led to animals suffering to the point of starvation and resorting to eating one another,” the NSPCA said. In a four-day operation that began on July 5, inspectors called to the farm euthanazed several animals and removed others, including goats, chickens and geese.
Modise, the previous premier of the North West, said she will cooperate with the animal welfare group’s investigation.