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Does South Africa have a Prisoner Transfer Agreement?

It's not about innocence or guilt. It's about HUMANITY.

The answer is NO!  Let me say that again, in case you didn't GET IT...

NO. South Africa does NOT have an Agreement with any country in the world!

A Prisoner Exchange Treaty, or Prisoner Transfer Agreement is an agreement between countries where incarcerated citizens can be extradited. Extradition means that a prisoner on foreign soil can appeal to be sent home to serve their time in his/her own country. South Africa is one of only two countries in the world who do not have a Treaty in place!

We hear it time and time again, spoken with gusto and pride ...
"South Africa has one of the most advanced Constitutions in the world!"

So what gives with this 'no treaty' thing ?!?!?!?!

Multi-Lateral Tranfer Agreement

It is no secret that a Multi-Lateral Transfer Agreement exists and is used by many countries the world over. South Africa cannot even justify their refusal by saying it will take time to compile this document... IT ALREADY EXISTS... ALL we need is ONE SIGNATURE on that document to include South Africa YET The South African Government is refusing time and again to sign this document and join the rest of the world as a progressive country. Even the most UNDEVELOPED 3rd world countries have joined. A question directed at YOU, Mr Government Official, the same Mr Government Official who has been appointed by the people to act for the people because it's the people who ultimately pay your salary... " WHY IS SOUTH AFRICA INSISTENT ON REMAINING IN THE DARK AGES?"

We are trying to change this by lobbying the South African Government through this website and with various petitions.
Please support us in bringing our people home. Consider the following :

  • Our citizens have been encarcerated in countries where English is probably not spoken.
  • Our prisons might be in a shambles but you and I cannot imagine what they are experiencing every day! (the Mexican Jail in the TV series, Prison Break is probably an accurate depiction)
  • By not extraditing these people, the South African Government is punishing them and their families again and again. The incarceration is the punishment, NOT the inhumane and barbaric torture.
  • Human beings have a fundamental RIGHT to humane treatment, regardless of any crime.
  • These are NON-VIOLENT crimes.
  • They are all someone's son, daughter, mother, father, uncle, aunt...
  • It could be your best friend, brother, sister...  imagine it!
  • In these circumstances the families need to take care of the inmate.
  • Even the Josef Fritzl's, Neil Entwistle's and Robert Mugabe's of the world are treated more humanely.

Taking care of a jailed loved one overseas FINANCIALLY CRIPPLES THE FAMILIES!
Who exactly is the Government punishing?? The weak Rand requires HUGE payments to foreign countries.

"Our loved ones are being punished over and over by our own government. Refusing to bring them home and by keeping them away from their families, the South African Government is being party to these crimes against humanity. The families do not have the finance to travel and support"  - Patricia Gerber: mother of Johann Gerber, currently serving 11 years in Mauritius.


WE CANNOT ABANDON OUR LOVED ONES. Come on people, these are ordinary, every day folk like you and I who may or may not have 'slipped up'. It's not about innocence or guilt. It's about HUMANITY.

Does this punishment really fit the crime?

The punishment is the incarceration... NOT the abandonment by the SA Government where the effects run deeper than just the prisoner. They rip violently through the entire family. That's barbaric!

In 2004 Ben Skosana had wanted the South Africans detained in foreign prisons and visa versa to be returned home. The white paper was drafted but was rejected by cabinet and the government."

"There are 27 South African inmates in Mauritius. They wrote and signed a petition to the then SA President, Mr Thabo Mbeki pleading for assistance. That petition resulted in severe punishment for the inmates. In another case, one young man was hung by his wrists for three days with no food, no water and no clothes over a food discrepancy!!!"   - Patricia Gerber: mother of Johann Gerber, currently serving 11 years in Mauritius.

 

SEE THEIR PETITION HERE  -  PLEA FROM BEHIND PRISON WALLS (Mauritius detainees)
written 7th March 2008   (pdf 412kb)

Changes to this document include:
Add:  Jan Hendrick Venter  -  arrested March 2008
Sentenced: Amanda van Wyk - 20 yrs
Sentenced: Chrisilla Schuster - 11 yrs
Sentenced:  Annie Erasmus - 12 yrs
Awaiting Judgements: Stephen Wasson & Noluvuyo Ntamo

We will be adding a report, written by Mrs Gerber in Feb/Mar 2008 after her visit
to Mauritus to see her son. The shocking reality  (coming soon)

We will also add stories from inmates in other countries. The information is coming in
at a rapid rate, all requiring scrutiny and authentication so please bear with us as
we try to get it all together for you asap.

WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR THESE PEOPLE TO BE SET FREE.

WE ARE ASKING FOR THEM TO BE BROUGHT HOME TO
SERVE THEIR TIME NEAR THEIR FAMILIES AND IN THEIR
OWN COUNTRY WHERE THEIR NATIVE TONGUE IS SPOKEN.

If there are major discrepencies in their trials, they should be re-tried under their own law system. Fair Trials in London is an organisation that investigates unfair trials. Johann Gerber, just 19 when he was arrested could not be assisted by Fair Trials as there is no appeal system in Mauritius but they did find discrepencies. IN OTHER WORDS, JOHANN GERBER DID NOT RECEIVE A FAIR TRIAL.  HE WAS ALSO DENIED LEGAL COUNCIL.

THIS MUST CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA!!
It's not about innocence or guilt.   It's about HUMANITY.

Please support these families by signing our petition.

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION
CLICK HERE