Agreements regarding the Repatriation of South African Nationals serving Sentences of Imprisonment in Foreign Countries

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 1279

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 26 OF 19 AUGUST 2005

Mr J Selfe (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
(1) Whether South Africa has (a) negotiated and (b) signed or (c) ratified any treaties, or acceded to any protocols with any other countries, regarding the repatriation of South African nationals serving sentences of imprisonment in foreign countries, to serve this imprisonment in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, (i) with which countries and (ii) what is the nature of the treaty or protocol in each case;
(2) whether any representations have been made to her or her department in this regard; if so, what was the (a) nature of the representations and (b) response thereto in each case?
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REPLY:

(1) No.

(2) Yes.

a) Numerous representations have been received by Government. These appeals vary in nature from prisoner to prisoner and other interest groups. Appeals have included requests for interventions, pardons, lessening of sentences, prisoner transfer agreements, etc.

b) The Department's response has generally been in terms of policy as stated in paragraph (1) above. However, where requests for release on humanitarian grounds have been received, these have been considered according to the approved Departmental criteria.

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