Mos Def claims allegations surrounding his arrest are wrong

Recently incarcerated Hip-hop honcho, Mos Def, is making it clear that his name will NOT be smeared by the South African officials who claimed he was trying to dip out of the country with illegal travel docs. 

On Friday, fans of the “Ms. Fat Booty,” spitter went wild at the news that he’d been arrested at Cape Town International Airport after attempting to use a World Passport in effort to depart the republic he’s called home since 2014. 
In addition to his detainment, South Africa’s Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete, took to Twitter revealing that the Brooklyn bred emcee and his family had 14 days to leave the country for good. 

In response to his detainment slander, Mos Def’s representative spilled tea to OkayAfrica on how things really went down…
What is your take on the allegations?

From what I’ve read their allegations are wrong. He attempted to leave the country for a professional commitment and was denied the ability to board an airplane after providing his World Passport.

Why does he have a World Passport?

It’s issued by the World Service —in support of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. His understanding is that the South African government has previously accepted the World Passport to enter the country and to provide visas as recently as August.

Are there political reasons he prefers not to use his US passport?

Social and political, yes. He shouldn’t be forced to use his US passport.

Was he attempting to leave the country?

He was leaving with two people. He was heading to the Selam Music Festival [in Ethiopia]. He was scheduled to perform on the 10th. He tried to leave on the 9th but they wouldn’t let him board the plane. They violated his human right to pursue his profession.

How long was detained for?
He was detained for two nights at least.

What is his position now?

He’s down there to produce and to act in some motion pictures, three of which are slated to film in South Africa this year.

Is he in the country legally?

It’s my understanding that he is.


Well, it’s nice to hear Mos is good money. 


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