Earlier Friday morning (Jan. 15), Mos Def was reportedly arrested after failing to issue a valid passport while planning to travel out of Cape Town International airport in South Africa.
According to the Associated Press, the Brooklyn native produced a “world passport” to authorities, who later revealed that the famed MC is banned from entering South Africa for five years after violating the country’s immigration laws. He’s lived in the country since 2013, but reports also state that he extended the stay of his visitor’s permit. Now in an interview with OkayAfrica, Def’s rep is clearing the air on the matter.
“From what I’ve read their allegations are wrong. He attempted to leave the country for a professional commitment and was denied the ability to board an airplane after providing his World Passport,” the rep stated.
Later, his rep further explained what a world passport is, stating, “It’s issued by the World Service —in support of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. His understanding is that the South African government has previously accepted the World Passport to enter the country and to provide visas as recently as August.”
Read the full interview here while details on the matter are still forthcoming.