Civic Organisation, Afriforum says a warrant of arrest has been issued against the Speaker of Parliament, Thandi Modise.
However, the warrant will not be affected until Modise appears in court next Tuesday.
Afri-forum is privately prosecuting Modise at the Potchefstroom for animal abuse on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).
It was reported in 2014 that 79 animals, including 58 pigs died at Modise’s farm outside Potchefstroom.
Afriforum’s private prosecutions unit says, “Thandi Modise was to appear on charges relating to cruelty to animals. She was absent from court. Her advocate sought to explain her absence from the court, to be as a result of the president having summoned her to Pretoria. The court however, ordered her to be at court next Tuesday, 31st of march, so that she can answer to her absence. The court issued a warrant for her arrest, which will be held over on conditions that she appears in court on the 31st of March.”
Modise and her legal representatives are yet to comment
In the video below, SABC’s Selloane Khakhau reports that in June, Thandi Modise failed to appear in court:
In October 2019, Modise said delay tactics in her animal cruelty court case is a motive to ensure she loses.
Modise said expensive legal fees often disadvantage Black people who cannot afford them.
In the video below, Thandi Modise spoke after her brief appearance at the Potchefstroom Regional court:
In July 2019, the animal cruelty court case against Modise was postponed.
Modise appeared briefly in court, following an investigation by lobby group, AfriForum.
The video below, shows alleged animal abuse at Thandi Modise’s farm: