He’s Mos Def not leaving
appeared ahead of Bey for possession of dagga.
It was Mandela who made hasty phone calls on Friday to recruit top local immigration lawyer Craig Smith in a desperate bid to get Bey out of jail.
Smith argued in court that the US Consulate in Cape Town had clipped and “retained” Bey’s US passport earlier this month, after Bey told them he wanted to renounce his US citizenship.
Smith added that the US Consulate now realised it had made a mistake, and was willing to help Bey leave the country. He also said Bey had a so-called world passport, which his client considered to be a perfectly legal travel document.
This is the document that sparked the whole diplomatic furore, following an altercation between Bey and immigration officials at Cape Town International Airport last Saturday, when Bey tried to board a flight to Ethiopia.
The department of home affairs said Bey had “entered the country using a US passport on a tourist visa”, and he tried to leave on January 9 by “producing an unrecognised ‘world passport’, which was declined by immigration officials”.
Home affairs has ordered Bey’s family to leave the country within 14 days, while Bey must remain for his next court appearance on March 8.
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US rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, was jailed at the Cape Town Central Police Station for being in SA illegally