Monday, May 31, 2004

Mbeki and His Friends

Now that the elections are safely behind him, Thabo Mbeki's finally gotten round to granting sanctuary to a most disreputable friend:

Ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has arrived in South Africa, ending a two-and-a-half-month exile in Jamaica.

He said South Africa would be his "temporary home" until he can return to his country, Haiti.

The BBC's Victoria Phenethi in South Africa says that Mr Aristide was given a red-carpet treatment by President Thabo Mbeki and other officials.

South African opposition parties had urged the authorities to deny entry to the former Haitian president.
Mbeki's solicitous attitude towards "leaders" of such dubious qualities as Aristide continues to trouble me; still, I suppose South Africa taking Aristide in beats having him stick around in the West Indies to make trouble.