SA facilitating Aristide's return to Haiti

2011-02-17 14:53

Cape Town - South Africa is facilitating the return of former Haitian president Jean-Betrand Aristide to his home country after years in exile, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane said on Thursday.

"Whether president Aristide had requested the South African authority to leave? The answer is yes," she told a media briefing in Cape Town.

The minister did not say whether Aristide would be back in Haiti before March 20, when the country goes to the polls for the second round of presidential elections after a bitterly disputed first round in November.

"We are consulting with all interested parties to facilitate his return back home at the appropriate time," she said.

Aristide has spent most of his time in South Africa since he fled a popular uprising in Haiti in 2004.

Washington has voiced fears that his return would be "a distraction" to the political process in Haiti.

  • Paul - 2011-02-17 15:03

    SA lightweight tyrant assists international heavyweight....

  • DeonL - 2011-02-17 15:15

    We are probably making place for another tyrant to sponsor, Ghadaffi or Mugabe or both?

      Francois - 2011-02-17 18:15

      No three, actually four, Ghadaffi, Mugabe and Racist Mbeki and when he retires, Janeekop Zuma as well.

  • Ross - 2011-02-17 15:33

    Please send the wife, childen and any family members packing with him.

  • shortcut - 2011-02-17 15:33

    Is it true that the south african tax payers give Aristide an annual salary of approx R1M? If yes, i hope we stop paying him this salay when he leaves.

  • Pieter Wolf - 2011-02-17 15:34

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Freddie - 2011-02-17 15:47

    Does 'facilitating' mean 'paying for'?

  • quinna99 - 2011-02-17 15:51

    Please, thank you. Is he going to pay back the 3million a month he cost the SA Tax payer?

  • Madelane - 2011-02-17 16:05

    Looking after one of their own.....corrupt and dishonest

  • Madelane - 2011-02-17 16:06

    Always at the taxpayers expense I might add.

  • Judge DREAD - 2011-02-17 16:13

    The ANC government always helping out their criminal buddies. Good riddance Aristide, you piece of crap. Poor Haitians, here comes the devil again. suffer suffer suffer

  • mots - 2011-02-17 16:53

    The ANC's association with despotic regimes and individuals is quite clear, Aristide, Mugabe, China and it's big business at the expense of the Dhali Lamur and the Tibetan cause. Make place for Mubarak and Gadaffi

  • zip reeper - 2011-02-17 18:38

    what does 'facilitating' mean? typical meaningless Sapa drivel.

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