South African Government Drops Charges Against Yasiin Bey, Bars Him From Re-Entry
At the very beginning of the year, Yasiin Bey was arrested by South African authorities for using a "world passport" (a travel document issued by the freedom of movement NPO, World Service Authority, that few, if any, countries recognize) while attempting to leave the country. He'd lived with his family in Cape Town since 2013, but not likely for much longer. According to The Guardian, Bey has formally apologized to SA's Home Affairs Department, prompting the government to drop their charges against him, though he will be labeled an "undesirable person" by the South African government and barred from returning to the country in the future.
Following his arrest in late January, Bey took to Kanye West's website to deliver a statement in which he declared whatever project he's currently working on as his very last, stepping away from the entertainment industry altogether following its release. Since then he's released a grip of tracks with journalist/producer, Ferrari Sheppard, as Dec 99th, though there's no confirming whether this was the album in question. For now we're just happy to know that Yasiin Bey is free and able to leave South Africa as soon as he can. Where he'll go next is still to be determined. Currently the only countries that accept world passports are Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Mauritania, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.