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Thandi Modise's farm manager obstructing SPCA investigation - Chris Hattingh

DA NWest leader says Neo Moepi reportedly physically threatened investigators and kicked them off farm

Thandi Modise must allow NSPCA to conduct farm investigation   

29 July 2014

Thandi Modise must immediately call the employees on her farm to order to allow the NSPCA and the SAPS to conduct their ongoing investigations on her farm outside Potchefstroom. 

Reports indicate this morning that Modise's farm manager, Neo Moepi, physically threatened NSPCA investigators and forcibly removed them from the farm. 

Ms Modise and her farm manager are not above the law. They must allow the criminal investigation to continue. Mr Moepi must also be charged for his illegal threats against the NSPCA. The DA welcomes the steps the NSPCA has taken in this regard to lay charges against Mr Moepi. 

It is clear that there have been consistent attempts by Ms Modise and her employees to undermine these investigations from the start. Mr Moepi does not want the NSPCA to get the full picture of what is going on at the farm. 

The immediate burning of carcasses on the farm by farmworkers after the story first broke also indicates a desire to hide as much as possible. 

The bottomline is that Ms Modise criminally mistreated her animals and should be held accountable for that as the law requires. Just because she is a powerful politician does not put her above the law. 

Statement issued by Chris Hattingh, DA Leader in North West, July 29 2014

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