A warrant of arrest reserved for Thandi Modise

Parliamentary speaker Thandi Modise is being taken to court by the NSPCA, backed by AfriForum. Image: Tsheko Kabasia

Lobby group, AfriForom, says Thandi Modise, speaker of National Assembly, has a warrant of arrest reserved for her.

They say she failed to appear on Thursday, 25 March, at the Potchefstroom Regional Court for animal cruelty charges.

Her next court appearance is expected on March 31.

Thandi Modise is accused by the Lobby group of neglecting her farm in the North West which led to the death of 50 animals in 2014.

In 2019, the matter was brought before the magistrate by head of AfriForum’s private prosecuting unit, Gerrie Nel.

She is to be prosecuted by the group’s private prosecuting unit on behalf of the National Council for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) following their announcement in 2019.

“Modise will have to explain on 31 March why she had been absent, after which the prosecution can hopefully commence. It is unacceptable for Modise not appearing in court today (Tuesday), and simply arguing that the reason for her absence is her office,” said the Unit’s investigator, Andrew Leask.