LOCKED UP in a foreign country
A South African perspective
LOCKED UP in a foreign country is intended to WAKE UP and SHAKE UP the harsh reality of drug trafficking.
This is not another "don't do drugs" website. Rather, it is intended to give you a glimpse into the darker side of the drug business.
If you have never used or never thought about dealing drugs, some of your closest friends probably have. Drug Mules are recruited in nightclubs, at parties, pubs, on the rugby field, in the gym, university, the workplace. In fact, every social gathering has potential.
Not every drug user becomes an addict however, using some drugs can lead to addiction. Addiction can lead to becoming a mule.
For the addict who has lost everything, accumulated debts and finds themselves in a dire financial position, the offer of cash-for-a-run is a very attractive one. The going rate is between R20,000 and R35,000.
- To educate people!!
- To put as much pressure as it takes on the SA Government to SIGN onto the existing worldwide multi-lateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement and extradite it's people!!
MORE than 600 South African drug mules and drug traffickers are in foreign jails. Almost half of these are in
jails in South America.
Sheryl Cwele, also top and left, keeping up appearances.
This week, five South Africans were arrested in Sao Paulo on allegations of drug trafficking.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Through my experience I have come to realize that there are many captives in Mauritius, people without a voice, hope or means to freedom as human rights are non existent. Being the only source of hope to some of these people I have vowed to tell the world what I have seen and heard. People make mistakes but there is always hope for redemption.
I will try and tell you our story as briefly as I can:
You will kindly recall the conversation we had in your office on Wednesday 1 July regarding the possibility of transferring South African nationals, presently numbering 29, and who are spending time in Mauritius prisons for various offenses, mostly for drug dealing.
H.E Mr Nelson Mandela
Former President of the Republic of South Africa
In my capacity as Director of the Mauritius Section of Amnesty International (AIMS), I feel myself bound to take up a heart-breaking problem that concerns 29 South African citizens presently held in Mauritius jails for a number of offenses, mostly for drug dealing.