Status of President Jean Bertrand Aristide
of Haiti in South Africa
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 41
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 OF 28 MAY
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether the Government still recognises Mr Jean
Bertrand Aristide as the President of Haiti; if so,
on what grounds does it do so;
(2) Whether any restrictions will be placed on the
(a) political activities and (b) movement inside and
out of South Africa of Mr Aristide while he is a resident
in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the
relevant details of such restrictions;
(3) (a) what was the total cost to the taxpayer as
at the latest specified date for which information is
available of all activities related to the granting
of access to South Africa to Mr Aristide and (b) what
is the total estimated cost to the taxpayer of hosting
Mr Aristide for the duration of his stay;
(4) whether the Government decided to wait until after
the election to announce that it would allow Mr Aristide
to reside in South Africa; if so, why? N43E
(1) Yes, the Government recognises President Jean Bertrand
Aristide as the legitimately elected President of Haiti.
(2) There will be no restrictions, apart from those
dictated by reasons of security.
(3) The financial upkeep of President Aristide and
his family will be done in accordance with the standards
and procedures laid down for a Cabinet Minister in South
Africa, while the security assessment will be done on
an ongoing basis by the Security Establishment.
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