Consular Assistance and a Petition from South African Prisoners in Mauritius to the South African High Commission in March 2008, for President Mbeki during his State Visit
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 454
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 9 OF 14 MARCH 2008
MR. A. J LEON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Whether the South African High Commission in Mauritius received a petition in March 2008, signed by South African prisoners in Mauritius, to be presented to President Mbeki during his state visit in the same month; if so, what was the purport of this petition; whether the High Commission presented the petition to President Mbeki; if not, why not; whether the South African prisoners in Mauritius are receiving any consular assistance; if not, why not; if so, what is the (a) nature and (b) extent of this assistance?
(ii) No. No petition was received from South African Detainees / Prisoners.
(a) Consular Assistance is rendered in terms of Article 36 of the VCCR, 1963 and Departmental Prescripts.
(b) An extract of services/support that a detainee/prisoner can expect/can not expect from a Consular Officer as published on the Departmental Web-site is appended hereto.
The Department will, in the case of terminal illness make representation to the respective government to pardon a South African Citizen unconditionally.
No implications for South Africa.