Yaasin Bey, better known as Mos Def, was arrested yesterday in South Africa’s Capetown International Airport after airport officials found his passport to be fraudulent, according to South Africa’s Channel 24 News. Mos Def has been living in Cape Town since 2013, and entered South Africa with a valid passport, but according to Department Of Home Affairs Spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete, he “overstayed” his visitor’s permit. In 2014, he told the Mail And Guardian: “Last year May, I came [to Cape Town] and I said, ‘I’m not leaving. I’m staying.’ It’s a beautiful place. It has the ocean, mountain, botanical gardens, and beautiful people.” He will apply for bail today according to South African news site City Press.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Mos Def contested the arrest in an interview with OkayAfrica. Read an excerpt from the interview below:
“From what I’ve read,” the rep noted, “[the government’s] allegations are wrong. [Bey] attempted to leave the country for a professional commitment and was denied the ability to board an airplane after providing his World Passport. A World Passport is issued by the World Service in support of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the South African government has previously accepted the World Passport to enter the country as recently as August.”