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American rapper Mos Def arrested in South Africa

By Tmg Digital | 2016-01-15 14:56:15.0 | COMMENTS [ 74 ]

The Home Affairs department on Friday confirmed that US hip hop star Mos Def‚ real name Dante Terrell Smith‚ has been arrested in Cape Town‚ allegedly for not having a valid passport.

“The South African Police Service (SAPS) has charged him with usage of fraudulent travel documents. The matter is currently before the courts‚” Home Affairs ministerial spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said via Twitter.

The arrest was on Thursday.

“Mr Smith has been living in SA with his family without the necessary permits‚ he was detained upon departure for using illegal travel documents‚” Tshwete said of the charge Smith was facing.

Asked if he could be deported‚ Tshwete said: “It’s before the courts...we will see”.

Last year Mos Def‚ who also calls himself Yasiin Bey‚ cancelled a planned tour of the States due to what his publicists called “legal and immigration issues”.

According to Rolling Stone magazine‚ the performer moved to Cape Town in 2009.

14 days to leave the country

The Department of Home Affairs has given American rapper Mos Def and his family 14 days to leave South Africa following his arrest in Cape Town for not having a valid passport.

“The South African Police Service (SAPS) has charged him with usage of fraudulent travel documents," Tshwete said.

Expanding on the charge‚ Tshwete explained that the performer came into SA with a legitimate US passport‚ “but since overstayed his visitors permit”.

“Mr Smith was departing SA using a ‘World Passport’. South Africa does not recognise a ‘World Passport’.”

Tshwete‚ responding to shock responses from music lovers‚ showed his human side‚ commenting: “We are all fans guys...but the law is the law”.


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And america will not do anything cause according to Chris that USA comedian, FBI hates hip hop and rap artist lol

2016-01-15 15:01:46.0 | 1 replies


Hey Somaar. This man is a brilliant actor as well. Did you see the movie 'Something the lord made'? He must just get his papers sorted. It's not like he's been hidding and he's been here for a long time.
Dave Cappelle also came to SA when he couldn't stand the US anymore.

2016-01-15 16:13:48.0 | 1 replies


halo gal:-) no I haven't seen the movie but I will look it up as soon as I can, but he must still be deported as he is illegal in the country and acting is not a skill that is in high demand in SA, so sorry gal am not amused lol go read Fred Khumalo's take on skin shades, HILARITY and MADNESS rolled into one, lol

2016-01-15 16:26:02.0 | 0 replies


just heard now about this story on radio news, you are fast SL, keep it up

2016-01-15 15:02:44.0 | 1 replies


PhalaPhala fm?

2016-01-15 15:05:45.0 | 1 replies


ndo zwi pfa ka jakaranda fm, ino diya muzika wa vhudi sometimes

2016-01-15 15:13:34.0 | 0 replies


For a moment when I saw the pic. I thought maybe he passed away.

2016-01-15 15:05:32.0 | 0 replies


One of my favorite rapper.

2016-01-15 15:06:10.0 | 3 replies


One of your favorite rapists?

2016-01-15 15:12:54.0 | 1 replies


Tzek shuvhuru

2016-01-15 15:20:09.0 | 0 replies


That guy is a real rapper, never talks about women and money, but life

2016-01-15 15:28:59.0 | 1 replies


Holla Suiker, did you enjoy your holidays mfana and the nyuku that came with them? I like Mos Def's laid back style of rapping, even his acting skill

2016-01-15 15:46:21.0 | 1 replies


he looks like burna boy this guy

2016-01-15 15:47:48.0 | 0 replies


One of my favourite actors.

2016-01-15 16:25:28.0 | 0 replies


Come to Jozi, CPT is racist.

2016-01-15 15:07:00.0 | 1 replies


VENDALIOUS - If CT was racist, why are all the refugees and rappers coming here? :P

2016-01-15 15:22:23.0 | 1 replies


People from EC are refugees?

2016-01-15 15:42:08.0 | 1 replies


VENDALIOUS - Yep, economic and social refugees.

2016-01-15 15:50:06.0 | 1 replies


Be careful dude. Someone might just call you a settler.

2016-01-15 16:26:21.0 | 1 replies


Kupe, nothing wrong with being called a settler. Almost all of us here are settlers. Just the people on temporary visas are not.

2016-01-15 16:32:45.0 | 1 replies


I am not a settler in Africa, OL. I can never be. All of my ancestors came from Africa. The boarders that divide us found my people here. And just to be clear, I think white South Africans belong here - I would never question whether they belong here or not. I know thy do. I just wanted to remind Sin that he shouldn't call my people refugees in their ancestors.

2016-01-15 18:16:45.0 | 1 replies


He shouldn't call them refugees In the land of their ancestors (last sentence).

2016-01-15 18:18:28.0 | 0 replies


He is really keeping it low

2016-01-15 15:07:14.0 | 1 replies


u can say that again

2016-01-15 15:09:54.0 | 0 replies


If this guy stuck to USA and by the way not being woerwaaid by drugs he should had made it big. I do remember him acting a movie along Bruce Willis.

2016-01-15 15:08:11.0 | 0 replies


Wayengene kanjani

2016-01-15 15:10:25.0 | 1 replies


now that is the good question that needs asking, cause we were told that visa rules were strengthened, ungene njani lomntu and ungene nantoni?

2016-01-15 15:12:40.0 | 0 replies


Oh well, whoever took over our immigrantion controls is doing a stellar job. Since 18 months ago, rules have gone tighter at our Ports of Entry (Airports mainly). There have been significant drug busts, trafficking violations nabbed, and fraudlent passports confiscated.

Whoever is running that show, should become our next President.

2016-01-15 15:13:13.0 | 2 replies


the man running the show is gigaba! you like him?

2016-01-15 15:15:06.0 | 0 replies


Gigabyte for president. Mos def must be deported.. but where to coz he is not allowed to enter the US. Maybe they can deport him to Mozambique or Malawi

2016-01-15 15:31:12.0 | 0 replies


Heish my brother that's unfair to you, I live with foreigners who don't have that.

2016-01-15 15:15:31.0 | 0 replies


If he got here in 2009, surely he now qualifies for permanent residency. This guy mos-def-initely loves SA, they should let him become our citizen.

2016-01-15 15:19:12.0 | 2 replies


Stoeptalk, you beat me to it. Was thinking in the lines of....if he's not listening, he's mos def.

2016-01-15 15:24:44.0 | 1 replies


Hahaha, good one. This guy should be considered for a green book, he likes it here. I think he arrived here at the same time as that other singer who passsed away, Puff Johnson.

2016-01-15 15:33:53.0 | 1 replies


she passed away when?

2016-01-15 15:49:24.0 | 2 replies


2-3 years ago. I still love the lady's music. One of my favourite records.

2016-01-15 15:53:36.0 | 1 replies


its news to me

2016-01-15 15:54:57.0 | 1 replies


Yeah its true buddy.

2016-01-15 16:01:29.0 | 0 replies


And she was being chowed by that low life Ishmael of Prophets of the City

2016-01-15 16:27:36.0 | 1 replies


i know that, but i did not know about news of her passing

2016-01-15 16:39:22.0 | 0 replies


No we shld guard against of picking scraps of other countries, he must go back to the USA after serving time for breaking our immigration laws,

2016-01-15 15:32:43.0 | 2 replies


what length of time are we talking about here

2016-01-15 15:46:15.0 | 1 replies


he is disqualified anyway since he is ILLEGAL in the country,even if he stayed in SA ILLEGALLY for 20yrs,that time frame constitutes an illegality as such doesn't entitle him to a citizenship or renewed visa, he must be deported please someone phone Gigaba.

2016-01-15 15:54:33.0 | 1 replies


What happened to Africa for Africans? As long as sihlala la with the likes of abo-Penny Sparrow, I think abafowethu should be allowed to stay, especially if they are law abiding citizens.

2016-01-15 16:18:35.0 | 1 replies


Kupe, he's not African, he's American.

2016-01-15 16:08:04.0 | 1 replies


He might be American, but he's African first, hence African-American. I don't want to start the whole who's African debate, but for me it is about where you descend from. So, South African whites can be South African, but he is more African than them *as I ran away*

2016-01-15 16:32:14.0 | 2 replies


Kupe, the "African" refers to his physical features, the "American" refers to his nationality. You're talking about his rights in a continent now, so then we're talking nationality, so American is the focus point. If you think looks when you decide something, then you're no differnet from Verwoerd.

2016-01-15 16:31:09.0 | 1 replies


No, OL. You can in this instance say racist, I will understand where it's coming from. But you can never say I'm like Verwoerd. That man was a dog, the lowest of the low.
Seriously though, the looks were associated with Africa cause that's where the people originally came from. They were then stolen and that made them American. So, I think he is a son of African that has returned home. Not based on looks. Based on the fact that Africa was home to his ancestors and so it is to him, by extension.

2016-01-15 18:10:14.0 | 0 replies


lol i like the last part

2016-01-15 16:40:33.0 | 1 replies


Kgonyoh, and then you deny being racist.

2016-01-15 16:31:36.0 | 1 replies


OL yes im not racist, i meant only that part in the middle of stars*

2016-01-15 17:09:22.0 | 1 replies


Kgonyoh, good excuse. Took some quick thinking.

2016-01-15 17:02:00.0 | 1 replies


LOL very funny i have always been referring only to that part all along

2016-01-15 18:00:11.0 | 0 replies


From 2009 it is now 6 full years. This guy is not standing at a corner begging, just because he fell-off doesnt mean we should be mean to him.

2016-01-15 15:50:46.0 | 1 replies


Word Stoep.

2016-01-15 16:19:12.0 | 1 replies
2016-01-15 16:25:30.0 | 0 replies