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Johann Gerber Jnr

NAME: My name is Johann Daniel Gerber.
AGE: I was born in 1985 in South Africa.
ORIGIN: South Africa

Johann Gerber Jnr was only nineteen when he travelled to Mauritius in August 2005, with 920 grams of heroin in his stomach. He was arrested at the Maritim Hotel after the police received a tip-off.  Johann claimed he was coerced into being a drug mule by a syndicate in South Africa.

Mike Bolhuis, a private investigator hired by Johann's parents, said 'He (Johann) was threatened that if he did not do it either he or his family would be killed.'

Johann appeared in the Supreme Court of Mauritius in June 2007 and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. 


Johann Daniel Gerber
Beau Bassin Central Prison
Mauritius. Indian Ocean

SENTENCE: Sentenced 9 years. Release date 2016.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Only direct family are allowed to visit Johann but care packages and letters can be sent to him by anyone. Johann would dearly love to hear from you.  He loves sailing, car and bike magazines.

Care Packages:

Mens t-shirts (medium) and shorts
Sign the Petition below.

A Mother's Love Lights the Way

‘My son was just twenty when his whole world and ours was shaken to the core. I have vowed to tell the world what I have seen and heard. I’m waiting still for his return’ – Patricia Gerber.

Johann's mother, Pat Gerber, refuses to abandon him. In fact, she has taken up the fight of all South African’s detained in foreign prisons to secure an elusive Prisoner Transfer Agreement so that all these mother’s sons and daughters might return to their homeland. The South African Government refuses to enter into an agreement with the Mauritian government.  Please sign the petition to help bring South African prisoners home. 

(Left) - Pat Gerber with her son before their nightmare began.

The following is an excerpt from 'Families Behind Bars' by Kay Danes

‘I was devastated. I felt helpless, as if my world was crumbling around me. I didn’t know where to begin. I was shell shocked, shaky and speechless. I didn’t know whether to cry, or whom to phone or how to contact anyone, especially not how to get hold of my son.  My immediate reaction was that my boy is so alone and I don’t have any idea how he is or where he is, or  whether he has food or whether he was safe? I needed to find these things out and quickly. I needed to know who paid for his airfare and the bus trip to Cape Town, a 5 hour drive from George. Should I get on a plane? Should I go to Mauritius? Where would we get the money to pay for all this?’

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