US Rapper Mos Def to leave South Africa, declared ‘Undesirable’


The US rapper Mos Def will be allowed to leave South Africa tonight, after authorities blocked his departure in January in a row over his visa, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, was arrested for breaking immigration laws, with authorities saying that he had overstayed his tourist visa, obtained in 2013.

In a series of tweets, the ministry said it had accepted the rapper’s apology and had agreed in principle for him to leave the country today:

It said that he would now be classed as an “undesirable” in immigration terms, but appeared to leave open the possibility of him returning under a visa waiver programme:

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