Ex-MEC on cru­elty charges

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER North West agri­cul­ture MEC Jan Ser­fontein is fac­ing nine charges un­der the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

“Nine charges have been laid (by the NSPCA) in­clud­ing tor­ture and an­i­mal cru­elty,” said di­rec­tor Daan le Grange.

Ser­fontein and his son, Jan jr, own one of the three big­gest chicken farms in the coun­try – Boskop Layer Chicks in Potchef­stroom.

They are ac­cused of dump­ing tens of thou­sands of male chicks in an empty farm dam and leav­ing them to die ev­ery week, as they were “eco­nom­i­cally worth­less”.

An ex-worker, Kobus van Zyl, made videos which he gave to the TV show Carte Blanche.

No com­ment was ob­tain­able from the Ser­fonteins’ lawyer. – Sapa

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