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Mos Def leaves South Africa on US passport following apology to government

Published 23/11/2016

Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, in South Africa (AP)
Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, in South Africa (AP)

Hip-hop star Yasiin Bey - also known as Mos Def - has left South Africa after making a deal with authorities who accused him of violating the country's immigration laws.

He left the country on Tuesday after apologising to the government, South Africa's home affairs department confirmed. In turn, authorities said, charges against him will be dropped.

Earlier this year, he was arrested in Cape Town following an attempt to leave South Africa using a document called a "world passport", which South Africa does not recognis e as valid.

The government said he had since applied for an American passport after using one in the past.

He has announced he is retiring from the music business after farewell concerts in December in New York and Washington DC.

AP

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