Status on the Eight South African Women who are being held
in Custody in Mauritius
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF JUNE 2006
SM VAN DYK (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
the Government has been informed about the fate of eighth South African women
who are being held in custody in Mauritius; if so,
(2) whether the Government
is liaising on the matter with the Mauritian authorities ; if not, why not ; if
(3) whether it is being negotiated that the women be provided with
beds, linen, clean clothes and bathroom facilities; if not, why not; if so, (a)
with regard to what facilities was assurance received from the Mauritian authorities
and (b) what progress has been made by the Government to expedite the women's
(4) whether the South African representatives last paid a visit
to the women five months ago; if not, what is the position in this regard; if
so, what are the relevant details? N613E
are currently thirteen South African women in custody and one out on bail, that
is a total of 14 South African women. The aforementioned are held on charges of
drug smuggling or trafficking.
The South African High Commission
in Port Louis, Mauritius remains in constant contact with the relevant Mauritius
authorities regarding all matters pertaining to South African detainees and prisoners.
(3) (a) No.
According to departmental policy, prisoners are advised
that our Missions do not negotiate better conditions for South Africans that is
different from conditions available to local prisoners. Concerns raised by South
African prisoners incarcerated in Mauritius were discussed with the relevant authorities.
The South African High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius, adhering to the principle
of non-interference in the judicial process of a sovereign state, remains in constant
liaison with the relevant Mauritius authorities to expedite the hearings.
The South African High Commission's most recent visit to South African detainees
and prisoners was on 3 May 2006.