NSPCA officers ‘bullied’ on Thandi Modise’s farm

2014-07-29 09:37

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Two NSPCA inspectors are expected to lay charges against National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise’s farm manager and spokesperson after allegedly being threatened with violence at her farm.

Modise’s pigs reportedly began eating other dead animals due to not being fed for nearly two weeks earlier this month. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) had to euthanase 117 animals and confiscate 120 after 80 had died.

Inspectors Grace de Lange and Burt Coetzee visited Modise’s farm in Modderfontein on Friday to evaluate the remaining animals, Beeld reported today.

They were let in by a new farm worker and had just seen some of the animals when a man in a blue Golf raced up and shouted that they must get away from the cattle, according to De Lange.

She said she recognised him as Neo Moepi, Modise’s farm manager and spokesperson from pictures she had seen.

“Neo jumped out and shouted ‘You should be scared of me and what I can do’.”

At the gate, the man who had let them in blocked their path and banged on the car window. During a struggle, he took their car keys and reportedly threatened to kick the car and set it alight.

Moepi drove the NSPCA bakkie out and reportedly grabbed Coetzee’s cellphone, which contained recordings of the conversations.

The other man erased everything.

Comment was not available from Moepi.

The NSPCA is also pursuing criminal charges over the treatment of the animals.

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