Payment of Stay and Travel Costs of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by the Taxpayers

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 460

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER : 20 August 2004

MR D H M GIBSON TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to Question No 41 on 12 August 2004, the taxpayers are required to cover the costs of any travel undertaken by (a) Mr Jean-Bertrand Aristide and (b) his (i) family, (ii) staff and (iii) entourage inside or outside the country; if not, who funds such travel; if so, why;

(2) whether a record has been kept of the money spent on the Aristide family, staff and entourage since their arrival in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what has been the total cost to the taxpayer of hosting the Aristides since the arrival of the Aristide family in South Africa up to the latest specified date for which information is available.
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REPLY:

1. Having taken a decision to host President Aristide, the South African Government has used
resources and facilities already at its disposal. It is, therefore, not possible to provide an
accurate costing of the money spent on the Aristide family.

2. Furthermore, President Aristide has not travelled outside South Africa since arrival, nor has he to date travelled any significant distance from his area of residence.

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