Mos Def is leaving his home in South Africa after his idealistic “world passport” got him arrested

Published: 22/Nov/2016
Source: Quartz Africa

Mos Def’s ideals about a world without borders have been dashed by South African immigration officials. The Department of Home Affairs declared the rapper and actor an “undesirable person” on Nov. 22 after he tried to leave the country using a world passport, an idealistic travel document issued by a pacifist organization promoting a world without borders.

Mos Def, who was born and raised in Brookyn, NY, and who now goes by Yasiin Bey, was arrested in January when he tried to travel to Ethiopia from the Cape Town International Airport using the world passport. Released on bail and due to stand trial, Bey apologized to the Department of Home Affairs, the department said in a statement. The government department accepted his apology, but will no longer allow him the visa-free travel American citizens enjoy to South Africa.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2016