Mos Def Allowed To Leave South Africa After Apologizing For Breaking Immigration Laws
(AllHipHop News) Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey will be allowed to exit South Africa.
In January, the American-born emcee/actor was arrested in the country for allegedly attempting to use a “fraudulent passport" at Cape Town International Airport in January.
"[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa," stated the South African Home Affairs Department. "The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him."
Bey claimed he possessed a "world passport" issued by the non-profit organization known as the World Service Authority.
The WSA also issues "world citizen" documents like birth certificates, identity cards, and marriage certificates.
Even the WSA does not guarantee a country - especially Western nations such as Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the United States - will accept a world passport.
Applicants must sign a statement saying they understand the world passport's limitations.
WSA founder Garry Davis was arrested numerous times for using a world passport.
Bey has lived in Cape Town since 2013, but he will not be allowed to re-enter the country.
South Africa’s Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete replied to comments about Mos Def on Twitter.
"[Yasiin Bey] is undesirable in SA," wrote Tshwete in one tweet.