SA most likely Gbagbo's next home - report

2011-04-06 22:14

Addis Ababa - South Africa, Togo and Angola are possible safe havens for Ivory Coast's besieged Laurent Gbagbo should he negotiate an exit from his West African country, African Union (AU) sources said on Wednesday.

"South Africa has offered several times before and Togo is now indicating to us that it could be willing to take him in," a senior AU official told Reuters.

"Togo is not a great option, though, as there will obviously be fears that he could cause problems and spoil peace from there - it's so close to Ivory Coast. I'm betting strongly on South Africa," said the official, who declined to be named.

Two other diplomats in Addis Ababa also said on Wednesday they had heard South Africa and Togo had made asylum offers.

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara launched a heavy and sustained attack on Wednesday on the bunker where Gbagbo was defying efforts to force him to surrender and leave the country.

The former colonial power, France has taken a lead role in talks to persuade Gbagbo to hand over to rival Ouattara and end a four-month standoff over a November election that UN-certified results say Ouattara won.

Another diplomat at the AU in Addis Ababa said Angola was a strong possibility.

"Angola has always been pro-Gbagbo," one Western diplomat told Reuters. "I think there's a good likelihood of Angola taking him in if there's a settlement. You only have to look at their history."

The United Nations said in March it was investigating suspected arms transfers to Ivory Coast in breach of an embargo, including a cargo delivery from Angola.

There were also regular reports in 2002 that Angola supplied arms including armoured vehicles to Ivory Coast when rebels tried to oust Gbagbo from the presidency.

Angola has denied that mercenaries from the country have fought for Gbagbo.

Diplomats at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia said Uganda was an outside bet to shelter the Ivorian strongman. Long-serving President Yoweri Museveni earlier this year attacked the United Nations for recognising Ouattara as the election winner.

Museveni, who won a disputed presidential poll in February and faced possible opposition protests, said there should be an investigation into the Ivory Coast poll.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 22:23

    Now how on earth did we get suckered into this? If he comes here he should be treated exactly the same as any other refugee. No special treatment at the people's expense.

      Mabhulwana - 2011-04-06 22:44

      He will get spacial treatment because (1) he is a former head of state (2) it will form part of the package agreement for his exit. (3) he needs to study for a Doctoral degree from one of our universities - probably majoring in Setswana because Aristides (former Haitian president) did the same when he was here. I think he will choose to live in Cape Town.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 23:02

      A former head of state who refused to abide by the will of the people. In other words, dictator material, like mugabe and gadhaffi. And we take him in. That means we support him. If I say "we" , I mean ANC. Not me, and I am sure not any freedom loving person in SA who knows about this. It is easy for Zuma to say: We will give you this, and we will give you that, just so he can say he "brokered a peace deal". But what about our millions of poor people for whom he promised jobs? They will still be suffering while this G Bag bo lives a life in opulence at their expense. The ANC is sick.

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-04-06 23:08

      Good thinking! Maybe they can allow all of these tyranic despotic African politicians asylum in South Africa, like that murdering savage mad bob?! Then when the Haig extradites them to appear in the International Court of Ruman Rights for crimes against humanity, to save time and money they can round them up all in one go and make the world just that little bit better to live in.

      cracknose - 2011-04-06 23:22

      It may seem like a negative thing at first, but in the end the offer to take him in was due to the SA government trying to find a solution to the crisis. With no place to go, he would very likely have his army fight until their (and his) death. So our government approached him and offered him a home if he ends the conflict and surrenders. Its win-win for everyone but the families of the dead.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 23:31

      He could have just stepped down after the election and handed over to his successor.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 23:41

      Mabhulwana : Why do you think Cape Town? Because it is the best run city in South Africa?

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:00

      @mabhulwana & cracknose, i had to give you the thumbs up cause you are calling it the way it's going to be. I don't think he'll stay in CT because there will be too many people insisting he come crash with them, like Malema, Tsepho(thelegend, sniper, general, your king, anclegend), Kolobe, Poliotonki, Bluemas, prev-Disadvantaged etc...

      Irelander - 2011-04-07 02:31

      I would say Durban would be his number one choice - house arrests this side dont mean jack. Apparently a round of golf each day is manditory and getting out and consuming the best foods we have to offer is stringently enforced. Just ask Shaik

      Maiden - 2011-04-07 06:46

      What about Angola, they still support him as the legitimate ruler - why don't they foot the bill for a change?

      Gustav - 2011-04-07 06:54

      @maseratifitt, It is "we" because unfortunately our taxes will be used for his upkeep...

      MJ77 - 2011-04-07 07:07

      @ Cracknose - your profile name says it all. A win win situation for all except the SA taxpayer. How nice of the SA government. All scoundrels welcome. Won't suprise me if Muammar will also arrive soon.

      Rolie - 2011-04-07 07:10

      Why do we need more dictators in our country. Let them face the music at home.

      Wessel - 2011-04-07 08:33

      He should be but will not be treated the same as other refugees....this tyrant held his country 'hostage' and by allowing him 'refuge' with all the perks that go for 'murdering,tyrant's' afforded the hospitality of our country. There are so many poor and destitute, deperately ill people, out of work young people....I can go on and on. Who do our leadership think were the people that voted this tyrant out (sick,poor,sidelined,out of work) aware and be very very afraid. You can push and push and push...till one day/night you will push no more.........WE LIVE IN AFRICA, do not loose the moment we have been given?! Have a fantastic day whatever your circumstances are bless all of us!

      Logs01 - 2011-04-07 08:52

      Spot-on @Felix. KoolkopKolobe and PolioDonkyDrol will be first in the queue to take him in. They know with him will come a nice flow of cash.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-07 09:49

      Who would have guessed that the Despot would be given safe haven in SA ? What with the high moral fibre of our Government and all !!!!!!!!!!

      Eric West - 2011-04-07 10:36

      We don't want him here! He should proceed straight to the International Court to be tried for crimes against humanity!

  • Fred - 2011-04-06 22:44

    Are we the dumping ground for all the world's garbage? Surely we don't have to support all the sh*t in the world, after all, we have more than enough of our own.

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:04

      I also generaly dump my garbage on a site already full of it...

      Macho Mike - 2011-04-07 00:07

      Right Said Fred......... Eish Mbeki, Zuma and the rest of the clowns will tell you they owe such trash a favour for supporting them during their struggle. Wait until Gaddafi, Mugabe and oter such lie dick-tators start arriving to live in SA. And guess which taxpayers pay for these murdering swines to live here - you and i boetie.

      Macho Mike - 2011-04-07 00:08

      Right Said Fred......... Eish Mbeki, Zuma and the rest of the clowns will tell you they owe such trash a favour for supporting them during their struggle. Wait until Gaddafi, Mugabe and other such like dick-tators start arriving to live in SA. And guess which taxpayers pay for these murdering swines to live here - you and i boetie.

      U1 - 2011-04-07 03:02

      Fred, just another banana for the banana republic. Next will be gadaffi and bob. They set the president with aristide, so why change?

      ArtGee - 2011-04-07 06:31

      South Africa.........HOME FROM HOME FOR AFRICAN DESPOTS!!!!! Taxpayers WILL forkout R3m a year to support this DiCK!

      lean - 2011-04-07 08:16

      Macho Mike@ that would be just nice to have Mbeki, Zuma, Malema, Mugabe, Gaddafi, Gbagbo, Beresovsky and so on.... in one place... - Bomb them all for Peace sake!!!

  • kidblack - 2011-04-06 22:44

    South Africa is becoming the harbinger of all sorts of international loonies, ex-dictators and everyone else the anglo american club want nothing to do with.

      kidblack - 2011-04-06 22:45

      next thing we'll be entertaining Gaddafti at Sun City.

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:01

      birds of a feather?

  • Yoni - 2011-04-06 22:53

    Good plan! Come one, come all... once they are all here, America just need to send one B-2 to Waterkloof! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-04-06 23:05

    Good thinking! Maybe they can allow all of these tyranic despotic African politicians asylum in South Africa, like that murdering savage mad bob?! Then when the Haig extradites them to appear in the International Court of Ruman Rights for crimes against humanity, to save time and money they can round them up all in one go and make the world just that little bit better to live in.

      Virgil Snotter - 2011-04-07 10:15

      I think you need to read what you write. You obviously have been at the Haig too often, try White horse next time. Next time you travel, please visit The Hague and enjoy a Berenburg.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-06 23:10

    Oh well, Gbagbo will feel at home in SA with all the ANC crooks. Seems like SA is now a safe haven for crooks, dick-tators, madmen,murders etc. Time to move south Uncle Bob.........

      Felix - 2011-04-07 00:05

      Bob is in the penthouse suite, calling the shots...

  • Nico - 2011-04-06 23:14

    Thats right, let us welcome the trash of the world! They will feel right at home with all the other criminals in the country - and stay lavishly at our expense. Dont send him here, send him to jail after a hearing at the world court in The Hague. Why do the UN only act in Ivory coast? We have a neighbour up north that is overdue and deserving of similar action.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-04-06 23:35

    And France is his good buddy, so why can't he go there? They have not got our kind of poverty amongst their people.

  • SolveAfrica - 2011-04-06 23:36

    We thank you for paying your taxes :-)

      daaivark - 2011-04-07 07:31

      And that is relevant here why?

      WCD - 2011-04-07 11:14

      daaivark, because we will end up paying for YOUR party again, idiot.

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:27

      @daaivark - are you compus mentos?

  • alfred - 2011-04-06 23:50

    Let's see now. He is a tyrannical dictator wannabe. He tried to organise a coup in his country after he lost the election. He killed many of his own people during said coup attempt. He is currently cornered and has no leverage. Please explain how he can still negotiate. How do you negotiate if you have nothing to give? The UN should take this guy to the ICC.

  • Bill - 2011-04-07 00:06

    I have been saying it on here all along that he would end up here...

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-07 05:24

      So it is all your fault then, Bill!

  • Goddok - 2011-04-07 00:22

    For God's sake he is a murderer and a dictator who should be tried, in the ICC, for crimes against his own people. If he comes to South Africa, who will pay for this criminal to live like a king ?

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-07 05:27

      Not Zuma, not the and me and millions of poor people in SA.

      AJ - 2011-04-07 05:28

      Uhm, that would be you Goddok (if you are a taxpayer), sad as it sounds, I know...

  • cc - 2011-04-07 00:23

    Keep this rubbish out of our'e country.... Or was this the reason that the ANC went out shopping for the luxury items for foreign heads of state ( must read criminals and murderers)to stay here at the cost of the tax payer

  • Deon - 2011-04-07 00:31

    I think that this might be the final push to send me over the edge and never return to SA. What are these people thinking? No wonder they can't find Osama... He's already in SA!

      Saige - 2011-04-07 01:31

      Well if you find a bearded man in a dress living in a cave near you, you could be soon a very rich man.

      ArtGee - 2011-04-07 06:33

      Pretty sure old Osama is alive and well, and living in either the SHEIK or GUPTA COMPOUNDS!

  • cgtours - 2011-04-07 00:46

    nO wAY!! WE ARE not THE HOME BASE FOR CRIMINALS AND EX dICTATORS ON OUR tAX mONEY!! hE MUST GO SOMEWHERE ELSE OR GET REMO#VED FROM sOUTH AFRICA. wE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING DUMPING GROUND FOR mUGABES mILLIONS. hAITIES rUBBISH AND WE WANT To KNOW how much is the madagascar LOT COSTING US AND WHEN ARE THEY GROING T0 BUGGER OFF HOME and sort out their own mess and now we must be stuck with this Idiot - who bombed his own people = NO NO NO= we will ge rid of him here.Not a blooming cent of our money- send him to Mugabe and let his share Mugabes Palace..We do not want ex Killer Presodents in this Country? Why did he not just step down like a Statesment and think of his people President Mbeki stepped won- What statesman!! now we have enough Idots, we do not want murderers here! He will get killed here! assasinated - he is not wanted! What a disgrace then for us? Leave them man, let us sort out our own Country-!these people are just trouble to us. Madagascar crowd must also now go home ! enough is enough. Opposition pasrties, we want to know how much the idiots from Madagascar had cost South Africa???They must leave now - hospitality is over tAXPAYERS ARE FED UP AND WE NEED HOUSES FOR OUR OWN POOR NOT MILLIONS FOR fOREIGNERS RUNNING HERE WHEN THEIR BLOOMING COUNTRIES ARE IN TROUBEL AND the truble is made by themselves living like KINGS and not looking after their poor citizens, then they come here with millions un Overseas banks and stinking rich and we have to support them - NO

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  • POLLENYS - 2011-04-07 01:15

    We'll soon be known as the gathering place of the skunks - indigenous and imported.

  • Irelander - 2011-04-07 02:19

    O wow - next the ancyl will probably interview him for tips - Can you imagine the parties that pr!ck and malema will be having... no such word as genacide or war crimes in pedi thats what he'll say.

  • Stephen - 2011-04-07 03:02

    Why is it that all dictators seek refugee in Sout Africa?

  • A THEIST - 2011-04-07 03:34

    WELCOME ! Enjoy our beautiful country, but pardon the traffic and potholes !

      Cynical Sci - 2011-04-07 11:57

      I recently returned for there, having driven down from the North to the South, our roads are fantastic in comparison. Still not what they should be but better than their's. Mind you the replica of St Peter's Basilica was impressive, if not out of place amongst the surrounding poverty.

  • tjs - 2011-04-07 05:19

    Congratulations...the winner is the next Banana Republic.

  • Tantrum - 2011-04-07 06:21

    Another leech that the SA tax payers must support. He is a comrade of the ANC let them pay for his luxury house, fine food, cars and whores. He isn't a comrade of mine and will never be - why must I pay? F#ck the ANC

      zulufox - 2011-04-07 10:42

      F#ck you...

  • kappaj - 2011-04-07 06:24

    Since when did SA become a safe haven for all rejects??? Tired of paying tax to support all these criminals.....

      Kenko - 2011-04-07 08:23

      And with it goes all our chances of regaining any credibilty as a country. If only the ANC could realize the damage they are doing...

      Logs01 - 2011-04-07 08:55

      Vote DA, Thats a good start

  • ArtGee - 2011-04-07 06:28

    Why does he not seek assylum at the HAGUE? Am pretty sure there is a CELL PREPARED for the DESPOT!

      Juan - 2011-04-07 08:40

      They could prepare a cell for him here in Pollsmoor, and it comes with a complimentary pot of vaseline!

  • Jacques - 2011-04-07 06:28

    I hope this DICKtator gets robbed, hijacked, gets wrong municipality bills, his family raped, his dog kicked and gets treated in a publick hospital....

      CygnusX1 - 2011-04-07 06:39

      Please, leave the dog ( the one with the tail that is) out of it.....

      alousav - 2011-04-07 09:42

      Jacques - Please leave animal abuse out of your comment.

  • Shadoz - 2011-04-07 06:34

    what is the difference between out poloticians and this one? none they all greedy murderers

  • CygnusX1 - 2011-04-07 06:37

    If this is the case when exactly were the Government given a mandate by the electorate in this country to provide refuge to this murderer or any of the other nefarious characters this Government and some of it's members associate themselve's with? I hope that should Gbagbo be charged to appear in front of the Internationa Court in The Hague, that this Government will deliver him to this court.

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:31

      This guv-munt don't need no mandate - they bloody well do as they please in any case - so why your concern now?

  • ChrisW - 2011-04-07 06:38

    His next home must be jail before the gallows. He doesn't accept the election results, causes acivil war where thousands die and when he's about to be killed negotiates an exit to sunny SA at tax payers expense and probably with his stolen millions safely hidden away. Don't think so, surely even the ANC povos will revolt over this?

  • SamuelMabena - 2011-04-07 06:47

    The ANC befriended many terrorists and dictators during the struggle. It's payback time. While SA remains a one-party state, misgoverned by an incompetent ANC, we will always be 'indebted' to terrorists and dictators. Our taxes are spent providing a safe haven for foreign dictators. Just another thing the ANC has done wrong!

      Logs01 - 2011-04-07 08:56

      Well said

  • daaivark - 2011-04-07 06:50

    This is totally insane. Why should the SA taxpayer support and protect yet another warlord/criminal. BULL! Send him to the UK!

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:33

      The UK don't have a vacancy at any of their Universities! They won't create one like we did either

  • Julius - 2011-04-07 06:51

    He can have a house next to Zuma, Selebi, Mbeki, Shaik and the other boys

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:34

      Do you think they'l load a case of Chivas in the boots of their car at the next ANCircus party for him though - or will he be invited over for a nightcap?

  • Brandon96end - 2011-04-07 06:52

    Why not? This is already home to whole whackload of criminal bastards that taxpayers have to keep in luxury, one more won't make a difference.

      Kenko - 2011-04-07 08:27

      Yip, we have enough home-grown individuals of that sort. Why import more? The ANC has not yet realized that any barrel has a bottom, and they are gorging themselves very close to ours.

  • umlaut - 2011-04-07 06:53

    When is the set date for the referendum on this topic? As taxpayers we will also have a say. If not lets have our own civil war and see who will accommodate Zuma and his "costing us millions, wives".

  • Zupta - 2011-04-07 06:54

    The anc need to treat this guy well. Because it's not going to be too long when they will seek asylum as well.

  • umlaut - 2011-04-07 07:01

    @ cgtours---You said it man ---we are 100% behind you

  • CTS - 2011-04-07 07:10

    Come buddy, you'll feel right at home here - the home of terrorists and dictators!

  • MikeyV - 2011-04-07 07:12

    But of course SA is the place for ALL known terrorists to find asylum...

  • Lebzaton - 2011-04-07 07:18

    If this guy comes here it will be such an insult and a slap in our face to have to sponsor this dictator. his Man should go straight to the Netherlands, it will be more cost effective that way

  • dawif - 2011-04-07 07:20

    Our Country is poisoned by the likes of him who has murder and mayhem in their thoughts. His son will be our future President. He and all like him should not be allowed into South Africa or anywhere near our Land.

  • York Hunt - 2011-04-07 07:37

    Alrighty, thats cool! SA is now the place for ousted megalomaniac dicatators who need a place of refuge. Hey while we're at it, why doesn't Gadaffi move in and the SA tax payer can pick up the bill? Charles Taylor shoulda come here long ago... Sadamm Husein? You missed out dude.

  • Hunter 008 - 2011-04-07 07:40

    Eish ..Thats right !! South Africa is a Haven for all Murderers, Rapists and Thugs !!!

  • stephen scott - 2011-04-07 07:52

    roll out the red carpet for him (red with blood) welcome to South Thugrica

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-07 07:53

    Now we use our tax dollars for this pole cat! Zuma should fund it out of his "family" allowance......

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:41

      That wil be easy for him because of all the frebies he gets - I mean - wher in the world does a president get a house face-lft for R177million - (OK - I know it was stopped - but hey - it nearly happened and probably still will). R177 million is approximately 6 times the most expensive house in the country - a facelift! - jingo's guys - and to think that the likes of Black-so-squat and Poliodronki still vote for these scoundrels?

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-04-07 08:01

    At the end of the day this ANC led government will be the host and the South African taxpayer the support for a good many of the rubbish dictators who have been deposed in Africa. What's the betting on Gaddafi next.

  • revolution - 2011-04-07 08:03

    Put him in Ivory Coast's JAIL!!! Not in SA sweet home...

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-04-07 08:05

    Great, just what this country needs, another dictator.

  • Pragmatist - 2011-04-07 08:06

    HELL NO! Do SA citizens have no say in this matter? We should demand that the government give us a detailed costing what it has already cost the SA citizens to house Aristade and his family (housing, security, education, travel, expenses, etc.) Now we must support ANOTHER DICTATOR as well. What is this government thinking? Are they complete idiots? This money could be better spent on OUR people who desperately need the support, NOT DICTATORS. It proves that the government has nothing but contempt for SA citizens, rather spend money on DICTATORS and their cronies than uplift our people. How can we as South Africans prevent this from happening, any ideas out there? How can we make this government understand that we WILL NOT accept this?

      CygnusX1 - 2011-04-07 08:51

      You mention Aristade, well, he spent more than a week over December 2010/January 2011 holed up at Zimbali in Ballito, occupying the Presidential Suite, the full cost was carried by the SA Government and were in excess of R 250 000.00!!

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-07 09:48

      Total stay in SA reported +- R30 million.

      Mike - 2011-04-07 13:44

      @maserattifit - R30 million over 7 years is nothing in comparison to the R177mil which was about to be spent on a facelift for our prez's home - Shame!! Poor Prezident.

  • Karoogypsy - 2011-04-07 08:07

    My oh my....I only WISH and HOPE that the so called leaders of the ANC and this poor country read this comments........not ONE is positive.......that surely say something ?? Who is next ? The whole of Africa is becoming a embarrassment to the world, killing of innocent people, dictatorship and corruption. Ag sies man !

  • Wouter Louw - 2011-04-07 08:09

    And again the Government is going to ABUSE taxpayer's money! When asking how much it will cost the taxpayer, or rather, when talking about the millions it will cost to hire bodyguards, the answer is "you cannot put a price on human life" ... meanwhile we have to live in fear of violent crime becoming too much for our police to handle because of a lack of skilled officers due to POOR FUNDING! Now I just wonder ... who is the "human(s)" around here ... and “what” are we, ordinary South Africans, then?

  • PB - 2011-04-07 08:10

    It would be more surprising if the ANC did not offer him the red carpet that has just been vacated by Aristeed. If his corrupt chommie zuma didn't offer to take him in, it would have been more surprising. As per usual the ANC will not take note of the fact that 99% of South Africans DO NOT want him and his hangers-on here, because as a rule they could not care less what the population wants. So we WILL end up with the crap of the world here, but at least stop wasting millions on making them feel "right at home".