Yasiin Bey (f.k.a Mos Def) Arrested In South Africa After Presenting "World Passport"
Yasiin Bey, the Grammy winning rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been arrested in South Africa and ordered to leave the country for using a fake passport.
The 42-year-old MC, activist, and sometimes actor was nabbed at Cape Town International Airport last Thursday after trying to leave the country with something called a "world passport," which didn't fly with immigration officials, as ABC reports.
Here's where it gets really odd. The rapper - real name Dante Terrell Smith - has apparently been living in Cape Town since May, 2013 with his family on a tourist visa that has since expired.
"Further investigation into the matter revealed that Mr Smith's wife, mother and four children had overstayed and were sojourning in the country illegally," a statement by the Department of Home Affairs said.
He's now been banned from South Africa for five years and ordered to leave the country within 14 days, however, he has been allowed to appeal the ruling.
Mayihlome Tshwete, a ministerial spokesperson for SA's Home Affairs, tweeted about the incident ahead of Yasiin/Mos appearing before the Bellville Magistrate Court.