He’s Mos Def not leav­ing

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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

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