Mos Def Charged with Breaking South Africa’s Immigration Law

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An official says American rapper Mos Def will appear in court for breaking South Africa’s immigration laws.

Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni said Wednesday the performer was charged with using a false identity, using an unrecognized travel document and helping his family stay in the country illegally.

Apleni said Mos Def, also known as Yasiin Bey, is out on bail and must appear in court on March 8. The rapper’s family, whose visas expired in 2014, must leave South Africa by Jan. 29.

Mos Def, born Dante Smith, was arrested last week after he tried to leave South Africa using a document he described as a “world passport.”
In a voice recording online, Mos Def said he was being prevented from leaving the country “without any logical reason.”

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