SA cannot hold Aristide back: Chabane

2011-03-17 15:14

Cape Town - The South African government could not hold former Haitian president Jean-Betrand Aristide "hostage" if he wanted to return to his homeland, minister in the presidency Collins Chabane said on Thursday.

"What I should stress is that we are not sending former president Aristide to Haiti. He was given the passport by the government of Haiti and we can't hold him hostage if he wants to go.

"So that is an issue which they are supposed to resolve themselves, but we can't be held responsible for whether he should go or not go."

Chabane was reacting to media reports that Aristide planned to fly home on Thursday, days before the Caribbean nation's crucial presidential run-off election on Sunday.

He said Aristide had not given South Africa any indication of when exactly he plans to leave.

Aristide has spent seven years in exile in South Africa.

The United States has cautioned that the presidential poll could be destabilised by his return but Pretoria this week repeatedly said it could not dictate to the charismatic former president what he should do.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-17 15:24

    Just give everyone a SA passport??!!!

      PB - 2011-03-17 15:35

      No Melly, the Haitians gave him one. I could not care less if the Martians gave him one, as long as my taxes does not have to pay for them to live like kings here.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-17 15:47

      Thanks PB... He is living like a king here... My guess is with our hard earned money!!!

  • Comrade Mike - 2011-03-17 15:26

    Goodbye oxygen thief.

  • CoziB - 2011-03-17 15:31

    Please Go! Haitians will sort him out! There is no place in SA for this man!

  • Lauren - 2011-03-17 16:01

    PB, the Haitians gave him a Haitian passport, not a RSA passport. Another country cannot issue a passport to this country.

  • eh - 2011-03-17 16:03

    What makes Chabane think we wanted him here in the first place. We dont want to become a haven for deposed dictators. Just now taxpayers will have to fund Gadahfi as well. We are actually tired of SA politicians fraternising with and befriending scumbags like Mugabe et al. We advocate human rights and yet these people who have killed their own country men are welcomed in SA. Good riddance.

      Tlaks - 2011-03-17 16:48

      Good prediction! Should Gadahfi be ousted, I can bet my last dollar, the punk would be headed for South Africa.

  • mark.molema80 - 2011-03-17 16:08

    HEY ANC!!!! making a habit at F#$ING up elections huh??? First here, now in Haiti by saying you'll let Aristide go home, despite cautions it could destabilise elections??? Another stellar performance by the Blundering clowns of the African National Circus! ...idiots... GEEZ ENOUGH ALREADY ANC!!!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-17 16:16

    Go ! Just go.

  • TheBigBoss - 2011-03-17 16:19

    so South African people wanted this Aristide monkey here. Where do the ANC get this idea from. Just send the monkey back to Haiti which he phucked up

  • Slapper - 2011-03-17 16:45

    Why on Earth would they want to hold the thief back? Is he running a course in Tyranny that they dont want to miss? or is he such a hero to the ANC?

  • Fred - 2011-03-17 17:04

    Why the heck would we want to keep him here???? The sooner he shoves off, the better. Can't we get rid of all the other parasites that darken our country's doors as well.

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