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Worker tells of last days on Modise's farm

By Sapa | Jul 14, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

The last farmworker to abandon National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise's farm said his family was forced to leave because they faced starvation, the Sunday Times reported.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, issued on Modise's behalf, claims that farmworkers abandoned the farm due to ill treatment were dismissed as "baseless and malicious".

According to the report, Tebogo Moekaedi spent 47 days on the farm, and was told by his predecessor to feed the pigs only every second day to eke out the pig feed left on the farm.

His predecessor also warned that he had only received R800 in payment for three months work.

Last Saturday, police and officials of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) went to the farm, where they found dead and dying animals, including pigs, sheep, geese, goats and ducks.

It appeared the animals had been without water and food for around two weeks. There were no farmworkers on the property, no electricity, and the water pumps were broken.

According to the report, Moekaedi's wife, Makgotso Vanwyk, and their one-year-old child joined him on the farm.

A North West provincial government employee Nimrod "Koroba" Tlhoaele, who recruited Moekaedi to work on the farm, gave them a 10kg bag of mealie meal.

As time went on, the supply of mealie meal and animal feed dwindled.

When the livestock began dying, Tlhoaele reportedly told Moekaedi to throw the corpses into a deep pit.

"We filled that hole to the top with pigs and cows. I thought then even we are going to die here."

Moekaedi eventually approached a worker on a neighbouring farm for help. He gave them a small amount of mealie meal, some tea and R5 airtime.

Moekaedi then phoned his mother, who sent him the money needed for the family to escape the farm.

Modise's spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday night.

However, in a statement on Saturday spokesman Neo Moepi described the farmworkers' decision to leave the farm as "bizarre" and "inexplicable".

"New information suggesting that former North West premier Thandi Modise's detractors visited her Modderfontein farm outside Potchefstroom without her knowledge in the weeks leading to workers abandoning her farm has been referred to her lawyers.

"The development confirms the suspicion that the inexplicable action of the workers which resulted in the tragic incident on Modise's farm was influenced by her detractors acting in concert with those who had a personal score to settle with her in order to tarnish her image."

The reason of the farmworkers abandoning the farm, the cause of a veld fire in the area and what caused power and water supply to the farm to fail were being investigated by a team appointed by Modise.

"She has expressed shock at the unfortunate incident and committed to fully co-operate with the SPCA and any other authorities that are investigating the neglect of animals on her farm."

COMMENTS [ 10 ]

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cheeze-girl

Mrs Modise you don`t think about your employees you only think about your Image,What about those people who were starving looking after your so called farm. Shame on you

Jul 14, 2014 8:15 | 1 replies

Shredder

There's a blogger by the name cheeze-boy. Do you happen to be siblings by any chance?

Jul 14, 2014 10:7 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

"Half a loaf is better than none" - Blade

Jul 14, 2014 8:18 | 1 replies

Shredder

Good morning my DA friend?

Jul 14, 2014 9:48 | 0 replies

Zulumacansi

Never own a farm if you cannot be a farmer and cannot manage a farm. Rather stick to what you know, Politics.

Jul 14, 2014 8:45 | 0 replies

jay'em

If truth can be told, can modise produce any payment evidence or salary advice regarding her Farm workers, Did she pay UIF, is Tlhaole support story true and was she suppose to support as such using government resources?

Jul 14, 2014 8:49 | 0 replies

Tintoma

I never like this crab ouma anyway. Full of something...

Jul 14, 2014 4:20 | 0 replies

lindsay

The development confirms the suspicion that the inexplicable action of the workers which resulted in the tragic incident on Modise's farm was influenced by her detractors acting in concert with those who had a personal score to settle with her in order to tarnish This is hilarious now you blaming ditractors were they suppose to feed the pigs. and the hole full of carcasses i guess the ditractors killed those animals too?

Jul 15, 2014 7:41 | 0 replies

lindsay

The development confirms the suspicion that the inexplicable action of the workers which resulted in the tragic incident on Modise's farm was influenced by her detractors acting in concert with those who had a personal score to settle with her in order to tarnish her image,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This is hilarious now you blaming ditractors were they suppose to feed the pigs. and the hole full of carcasses i guess the ditractors killed those animals too?

Jul 15, 2014 7:42 | 0 replies

sgubhusenkwishi

Farming is not only a theorised fantacy, it involves theory and practicals, hence you have to be there and observe ,get you hands dirty to shape it and apply your theory to enhance the production, share theories with other farmers to solve the farming problems, to fast tract the farming production to the required farming production level to meet the farming produce consumers needs. You have to be your own manager and paymaster to influence production and shape your anticipated maximum profit, bearing in mind that there is no room for failure, as such would cost you.It requires flexibility,hardworking , thinking and dynamics, to adjust to the fast changing seasons and climate changes, yet it involves the welfare of the animals lives that is a basement for your background production and profit basements.So forget about fantacising about doing farming using a remote control. It is ten times easy to be in polics getting an assured salary, whether work is done or not than farming. Farming is a no work no pay job. This will give a practical example of farming reality to many who politicise to enhance their fantacies about farming.

Jul 21, 2014 9:26 | 0 replies