Asylum Status of President Jean Bertrand
Aristide of Haiti in South Africa
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 42
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 OF 28 MAY
MR DHM GIBSON TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether Mr Jean Bertrand Aristide has applied for
asylum in South Africa; if not, (a) why is Mr Aristide
being allowed entry into South Africa and (b) in terms
of which legislative provisions is Mr Aristide being
allowed entry and residence in South Africa; if so,
(i) on what date was the application received and (ii)
what decision has been taken regarding that application;
(2) whether the visitor status given to Mr Aristide
is for a fixed period; if not, why not: if so, what
are the dates between which Mr Aristide will be allowed
to remain in South Africa;
(3) whether the provisions of the Refugee Act, 1998
(Act No 130 of 1998), which prohibit access to South
Africa by persons suspected or guilty of human rights
abuses and criminal activities, have been strictly observed
in allowing Mr Aristide entry into South Africa; if
not, why not; if so, what legal advice did the Government
obtain regarding the legality of allowing Mr Aristide
to reside in South Africa;
(4) whether the Government has requested France and
/ or America to provide funds to cover the cost of Mr
Aristide's stay in South Africa; if not, (a) why not
and (b) what is the total estimated cost per month of
hosting Mr Aristide; if so what amount (i) was requested
from and (ii) has been granted by these countries to
assist in covering the cost of Mr Aristide's stay;
(5) whether South Africa will incur any cost in respect
of transporting Mr Aristide to South Africa; if not,
who will bear the cots; if so, (a) what provision is
being made to transport Mr Arsitide to South Africa
and (b) what is the total estimated cost involved? N44E
(1) President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has not applied
for asylum in South Africa.
President Aristide, his family and aids will be treated
as Foreign Distinguished Guests of
the State. The admission of President Aristide and his
family are dealt with in terms of
Section 31(2)(a) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002.
(3) Kindly see (1).
(4) Cabinet received a formal request from the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) through the Chairperson of the African
Union (AU), President Joachim Chissano, for South Africa
to accommodate President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti
in our country.
The South African Government acceded to t his request.
We did not think it appropriate to ask somebody else
(5) We do not know. He was transported by courtesy
of the South African Defence Force.
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