PRETORIA – The National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise believes that AfriForum’s decision to privately prosecute her for animal cruelty is to advance the narrative of the failure of black farmers.

AfriForum and the SPCA announced on Thursday it will go forward with pursuing the case.

SPCA inspectors in 2014 found dozens of dead and starving animals at Modise’s North West farm and had to put down more than 160 of those animals because of their ill health.

However Modise believes that AfriForum is targeting her just because of her race, she says it is to show that black people can’t farm and that they are only pursuing the case as Parliament has embarked on a process of public hearings into whether the constitution should change to land expropriation without compensation.

But AfriForum said they were approached by the SPCA in November last year while Parliament’s process was adopted in February this year.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said he can’t wait to get back into a courtroom.

“Mr Mangwale and his team did a steely work in locating the witnesses in enhancing the case, consulting with experts.”

Nel is hoping the matter starts in court within the next three months.

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