U.S rapper Mos Def will appear for trial in March on several charges including one of using a false identity document to enter the country.

The rapper was arrested in Cape Town on January 14 for allegedly coming into the country without a valid passport.

“Mos Def will appear for trial on 08 March 2016 to answer to immigration charges. His Spouse and a minor child had overstayed their visit to RSA. The visa had expired in April 2014,” said Apleni.

Mos Def was arrested after trying to use a ‘world password’ to leave the country, a document “RSA does not recognise”. He claimed that he has used the passport before.

“SA doesn’t recognise a world passport which makes it illegal.

“He has entered South Africa 10 times, and has always entered the country on a visitor’s visa [90 days exemption] using a US Passport, not a World Passport,” said Apleni.

His family has received an order to leave RSA by 29 Jan 2016.

Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete confirmed that his family is allowed to leave since they are facing a less serious charge of ‘over staying’ their visit but Mos Def is not allowed to leave because his charge is more serious.

He said that Mos Def used a ‘world passport’ which has never been recognised by the country.


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