Mos Def charges withdrawn as he leaves South Africa

US musician and actor Yasiin Bey, popularly known as Mos Def, will finally leave South Africa‚ after he tried to leave the country using an unrecognised world passport in January.

Home Affairs announced at a briefing in Pretoria‚ that he will depart on Tuesday evening and that the charges against him will be withdrawn.

EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga says Bey was arrested when trying to leave Cape Town airport and charged with contravening the Immigration Act.

Bey was supposed to appear in court on Friday after a number of postponements, but now charges against him will be dropped.

South African officials found it strange that Bey tried to leave the country using a world passport that he has never used before. He has visited South Africa numerous times using his US passport and has never experienced any problems.

According to Rahlaga, Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, said that Bey would not be allowed back in the country until he applies for a waver for good cause in terms of Section 2 of the Immigration Act

It is not yet clear who will be paying for Bey's travelling costs, which airport he will be departing from and his travelling times.

Listen to EWN reporter explain the latest on Yasiin Bey's situation in South Africa:


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