SPCA orders deputy minister to clean up pig sty

2014-01-28 14:46

Johannesburg - The SPCA in Kimberley has warned the deputy minister of mineral resources, Godfrey Oliphant, to clean up his pig farm at Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, or face losing the animals.

"There are about 20 pigs on that farm. The environment they live in is not good," said Mario van der Westhuizen, senior inspector at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), on Tuesday.

"There is no clean water and the place is very dirty. The place needs to be improved."

One pig at the Kaktusplaas farm was also injured and had two small wounds on it. Another pig was underweight.

Van der Westhuizen said he sent a warning notice to Oliphant on Monday, urging him to clean up the farm.

The inspector said Oliphant was in Pretoria, but his nephew was managing the farm.

Van der Westhuizen would return to the farm on Monday to check if the conditions had improved.

He said he would take drastic measures if it had not changed, including confiscating the pigs.

Mineral resources department spokesperson Solly Phetla said he would respond shortly.

  • Scar - 2014-01-28 14:48

    Hhahahaahahaha Whatta Pig!

      Check Mate Malan - 2014-01-28 15:42

      Honourable deputy ,, When you done in Kimberly you can start cleaning up the vacant offices of the ANC after the 2014 elections.

      Carling Blacklabel - 2014-01-28 15:44

      mmmm, must be anc pigs

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-28 15:58

      Treating his pigs like his voters.

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-28 16:44


  • Wotnext - 2014-01-28 14:54

    Why is the department spokesperson going to respond? This farm is Oliphant's property, he must answer for himself. This is disgusting, I hope the pigs are removed quickly, before the unfortunate animals die of neglect and disease.

  • Grant Montgomery - 2014-01-28 14:55

    ANC members can't even look after pigs yet the majority of voters keep on allowing them to rule the country.

      Sandra Rennie - 2014-01-28 14:59

      Grant You're right! If you can't even run a pig farm, how the hell are you going to run a Country. And to crown it all Deputy Minister of Minerals or was it Pigs !

      Fussed Anderson - 2014-01-28 15:47

      They treat the public the same as there pigs.

      sesom - 2014-01-28 16:56

      Anybody who votes ANC NEED THEIR HEADS READ...IDIOTS...

  • Louis van Ryneveld - 2014-01-28 15:11

    Symbolic of what the country as a whole needs

  • John Edward Bunting - 2014-01-28 15:13

    Oliphant, jou ou varknek! Hou op varksig wees en maak jou varkhok skoon. Jy lewe ook seker soos n vark in jou eie huis. Dit is tyd dat die SPCA jou vir die varke gooi, jou ou vark asem.

  • Frans Makhwiting - 2014-01-28 15:18

    people should take good care of animals as if is their can u do abusive farming...%DISSAPOINTED%

  • Johan Esterhuizen - 2014-01-28 15:21

    He is probably too busy running around trying to convince voters that he will clean up their living conditions he he he he

  • Nceba Mbane - 2014-01-28 15:28

    Mahatma Ghandi said something along these words.(I forgot the actual words) How a nation treats its animals is a measure of how it treats its fellow humans.

  • Erna - 2014-01-28 15:29

    That explains a lot - if you can't look after your pigs, how can you care for people.

  • sbo.kubeka - 2014-01-28 15:30

    Hahahaha! And off he went to report to the media!

  • Nigel Vos - 2014-01-28 15:31

    What! The SPCA has ordered the Deputy Minister to clean uo the ANC?

  • Jason Coates - 2014-01-28 15:38

    Lol. Maybe he is waiting for them to fly. Like when I pay e-tolls.

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-28 16:39

      look-at-me....look-at-me....I've got wings....oink oink oink.....

      Erwin de Ruiter - 2014-01-28 17:28

      Pick me, pick me!

  • Ding Bat - 2014-01-28 15:55

    Is the SPCA going to go to parliament to check if all is well there too. Please ...

  • Zahir - 2014-01-28 15:57

    And what about the greedy pigs in govt office can they do a clean up there

  • Johan Stander - 2014-01-28 16:24

    Must be white pigs.....

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-28 16:37

    And there i was ,thinking they are referring to the Government to be cleaned up. My apologies to the pigs for this confusion.

  • sesom - 2014-01-28 16:54


  • Tshepo Chrizzy Mow - 2014-01-28 17:46

    SPCA insp is a boer who just want attention,i don,t think olifant runs the farm day 2 day somebody is in charge of the farm

      Ig Van Rooyen - 2014-01-28 17:53


      nakitalee.denobrega - 2014-01-28 19:50

      Wow how does South Africa move forward with people like you. Why you have to mention race. It's just people doing their job so best you get your facts straight and get rid of that chip on your shoulder.

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