News24.com | ‘Disappointed’ NSPCA to enchantment after Thandi Modise acquitted of animal cruelty

National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise appears at Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court on December 01, 2020 in Potchefstroom.

National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise looks at Potchefstroom Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on December 01, 2020 in Potchefstroom.

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  • The NSPCA is piquant the acquittal of National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise by the Potchefroom Justice of the Peace’s Court docket.
  • Modise confronted six counts of animal cruelty after animals died on her North West farm in 2014.
  • The court docket pushed apart all costs in opposition to Modise.

The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says it has instructed AfriForum’s Gerrie Nel to institute an enchantment after National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise animal cruelty case became pushed apart in the Potchefstroom Justice of the Peace’s Court docket.

“Animals suffered and died on Ms Modise’s farm; that is why we approached the courts,” NSPCA executive director Marcelle Meredith said in a statement.

“The NSPCA has instructed Mr Nel and the staunch crew of AfriForum to enchantment the judgment handed down by the Potchefstroom Justice of the Peace’s Court docket.” 

Meredith added: 

Here is a total travesty of justice for the animals that suffered and died a horrendous loss of life, but we will now not stop. We are indebted to Recommend Gerrie Nel and the staunch crew of Afriforum for his or her monumental efforts in helping us with the non-public prosecution.

Modise became chanced on no longer responsible of animal cruelty and neglect on Friday, in a case introduced before the court docket by AfriForum’s non-public prosecuting unit on behalf of the NSPCA.

The court docket chanced on that there became no prima facie case in opposition to Modise, based mostly on proof submitted by six witnesses for the non-public prosecution.

Modise confronted six counts of animal cruelty stemming from the starvation and loss of life of dozens of animals on her North West farm in 2014 whereas she became premier.

Meredith said the slay consequence of the case became “disappointing.”

“After almost seven years of pursuing justice for the animals that were subjected to disagreeable cruelty on her farm, the NSPCA is amazingly disenchanted that Thandi Modise has been acquitted of all costs of animal cruelty introduced in opposition to her.

“There has been overwhelming proof that proves animals certainly suffered and died on the accused’s farm – right here’s a fact that has by no formula been denied by the accused’s defence crew.”

She added that Modise’s defence had chosen to blame caretaker Tebogo Mokaedi, who at closing left the farm attributable to he wasn’t being paid.

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