Status on the Residence by the former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in South Africa, regarding the budget for the maintenance of his household in each financial year, for household running costs, vehicles, staff and other specified costs

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 43

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 01 OF 08 JUNE 2009

MR K MUBU TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Whether former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide remains resident in South Africa; if so, (a) Where is he currently living and (b) (i) what budget was allocated for the maintenance of his household in each of the financial years that he has been resident in South Africa and (ii) how is this budget broken down for (aa) security, (bb) household running costs, (cc) vehicles, (dd) staff and other specified costs?

REPLY:

a) The Former President is currently residing in Gauteng, South Africa.

b) (i) The South African Government generally owns the accommodation and assets provided for utilisation with regard to the residence in Gauteng of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the costs related thereto, like those of Cabinet Ministers, are integrated into the operations of Government. The South African Government budgets for these services to former president Jean Bertrand Aristide are equivalent to those provided to a South African Cabinet Minister.

(ii) (aa) – (dd) The monthly costs related to his accommodation, transport, office staff and security are similar to the cost associated to a South African Cabinet Minister.

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