Yasiin Bey Has Been Arrested In South Africa
[UPDATE: Okayafrica had a word with a representative from Yasiin’s camp, clarifying the allegations and timeline of the incident. Yasiin’s documents are not fake, rather he was denied using his World Passport while attempting to board a plane to Ethiopia where he was slated to perform at the Selam Music Festival. Hit the link below for the full scoop.]
According to TIMES Live, rapper, actor, activist and true-blue artiste, Yasiin Bey was arrested last night at an airport in Cape Town while attempting to leave South Africa. The arrest came after Bey (FKA Mos Def) allegedly used a fake passport in attempting to fly out of the country. Bey has lived in Cape own since 2009 and is also being charged for violating their immigration laws, having entered the country with a US passport and tourist’s visa.
He appeared before the country’s Bellville Magistrate Court earlier today, but as of right now, has been given 14 days to leave the country. We’ll be keeping an extra watchful eye on the matter as it develops, but you can read an official statement from South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs below and hit the link for more information via Okayafrica.
Mr Smith was arrested on Thursday‚ 14 January 2016 and appeared at the Bellville Magistrate Court on Friday‚15 January 2016.
He entered the country using an USA passport on a tourist visa.
On 09 January 2016‚ Mr Smith attempted to depart the country from the Cape Town International Airport by producing an unrecognised “World Passport”‚ which was declined by immigration officials.
Further investigation into the matter revealed that Mr Smith’s wife‚ mother and four children had overstayed and were sojourning in the country illegally. In this regard‚ an order has been issued to Mr Smith’s wife‚ mother and four children to depart the country within 14 days. This order will be monitored by immigration officials.
Minister Malusi Gigaba has reiterated that immigration officials‚ in the course of exercising their duties‚ ought to apply the law without fear of favour.