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Pig saga: EFF, DA lash out at Modise

By admin
09 July 2014

Political parties have denounced National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Thandi Modise, after news of her neglected farm broke.

Political parties have denounced National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Thandi Modise, after news of her neglected farm broke.

"The [EFF] is utterly disgusted by... Thandi Modise's negligence on the farm which was bought with a government loan," EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu said in a statement.

"It is despicable and extremely negligent for anyone to leave animals of whichever kind to suffer to the extent that animals at Thandi Modise's animal farm suffered, particularly the extent that animals had to feed off each other's carcasses for survival."

DA national spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys accused Modise of allowing her animals to die of hunger and thirst, subjecting them to unnecessary suffering and driving the surviving animals to cannibalism.

"This is a clear contravention of the Animal Protection Act. Modise should face the consequences for breaking the law, just like any other person," said Redelinghuys.

Police and officials of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) went to the farm on Saturday where dead and dying animals were found.

These included pigs, sheep, geese, goats and ducks.

It appeared the animals had been without water and food for around two weeks. There were no farmworkers on the property, no electricity, and the water pumps were broken.

The Sunday Independent reported that the surviving 85 pigs on the farm had begun cannibalising 58 dead pigs, and were reportedly drinking their own urine.

-        SAPA