Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



South Africa: Mos Def's case adjourned to March 24

South Africa: Mos Def's case adjourned to March 24

South Africa

The case against American rapper Mos Def has been adjourned to March 24.

South Africa’s government has accused him of breaking immigration laws in a bid to help his family remain in the country.

According to immigration officials, the visa for Mos Def’s family to stay in South Africa expired in April 2014.

Mos Def whose real name is Dante Terrel Smith was arrested in Cape Town in January while attempting to board a flight to Ethiopia using a “World Government of World Citizens” passport.

The world passport is issued by the World Service Authority a US-based NGO founded in 1953.

It was created in 1950 as a way of identifying refugees when they cross boundaries.

The passport is accepted in six countries and recognised in 150 countries in special situations.

South African officials say Mos Def had earlier used a U.S. passport ten times to have access to South Africa.

The rapper says he is still yet to understand why he is being prevented from leaving South Africa.

View more