Yasiin Bey Permitted to Leave South Africa
The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa is permitting Yasiin Bey (also known as rapper/actor Mos Def) to leave the republic after violating local immigration laws earlier this year.
In January, Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith) was arrested in an airport in Cape Town after attempting to leave the country with a world passport, a travel document that is not recognized by South Africa's government. He has since apologized for his actions.
"Mr Smith Bey has unreservedly apologised to the Government of South Africa and more particularly to the Department of Home Affairs for his actions and for any inconvenience and/or prejudice this may have caused," the statement from the Department of Home affairs read. The director general Mkuseli Apleni went on to say that Bey will also be allowed to depart from South Africa on Nov. 22, using a valid passport, with charges against him withdrawn on Nov. 25.
However, Bey will be declared "an undesirable person," meaning that he will not qualify for a port of entry visa or admission to the republic. He will be allowed to apply for a waiver "for good cause," according to the Immigration Act of 2002.
Billboard has reached out to a rep for Bey for additional comment.
Read the full statement here.