Aristide to leave for Haiti soon

2011-03-11 22:47

Johannesburg - A South African official says ousted ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide will return to Haiti within days, after seven years in exile.

The South African foreign ministry official said that Aristide would return before the country's presidential runoff vote on March 20.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to make the official announcement.

Haitian and US officials have said that Aristide's presence could disrupt the vote.

Three weeks ago, thousands of Aristide supporters protested in Port-au-Prince, the capital, threatening to disrupt the election if he did not return home.

Aristide fled Haiti on February 29 2004 on a US plane as rebels approached the capital.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-11 23:28

    Eish, surely he should be staying in SA? Hau, afterall and one time, SA is the criminal capital of the world, so surely she would be to feel more comfort table living in SA?

  • Jaimo - 2011-03-12 06:56

    Lets hope he takes his voodoo with him!

      Bienaime - 2011-03-15 05:52

      Jaimo, you need to stop being superstituous. Iam not sure if you are an true African because Aristide has been fighting for human dignity for a long time. True, he made some mistakes, maybe grave mistakes; that does not mean he cannot be seen as a true African brother. The guy is smart and he loves Africa, not just South Africa. Face the reality, be serious and stop talking about voodoo. You don't have to ask him to go, he is ready to go, but his ennemies try to fool the Gov. of South Africa to stop him from going there.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-12 07:54

    Good Riddance. I wonder if he has room to take a few other undesirables with him?

  • genet - 2011-03-12 08:05

    Is he just making way for Gadaffi to take over his luxury premises.

      TGSA - 2011-03-12 14:59

      Scary thought but that might just be what happens next (the President might already have invited him when they had a chat the other day, who knows!). Anyway, this useless Aristide has cost South Africa tons (wonder how many houses could have been built with the money wasted on him...). Would be interesting to hear from students at UNISA on how 'educational' his lectures there were, IF he was doing any work that is, of course...

  • Anthony - 2011-03-12 12:40

    About time. All this useless idiot has done is waste my tax money. Can't he take Malema, Zuma & co with him.

      Bienaime - 2011-03-15 05:57

      You can't call him useless because he did in your country what you may be too lazy to do. He earned his doctorate and learned zulu language. If you really care about your tax money, why don't you tell your government not to listen to those trying to stall his departure from your country. I hope you do that tomorrow. Good luck and be smart !

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-12 18:42

    One less parasite. The ANC invited him here, so why does he not invite the ANC to go and stay with him in Haiti?

  • Bienaime - 2011-03-15 05:41

    I am a Haitian living in the USA. I believe that Aristide should go back to Haiti as soon as possible because the country needs him. It is not up to the US to decide when he should go back, but the people of Haiti asking for his return as soon as possible. I , myself , was a victim of the coup d'etat of 1991 orchestrated by the CIA in Haiti. This is why I am now in the US. We all want one day like Aristide to go back to our land, our country(the land of Jean Jacques Dessalines).

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