Africa: Yasiin Bey ‘Mos Def’ released in South Africa after 11 months for travelling with world passport

Mos Def can kiss South Africa goodbye, he’s apologized to the government for trying to use a “world passport” and he’s all set to jet back to the U.S.

The world passport is a document issued by the World Service Authority, a non-profit organisation set up in the US after the second world war to advocate for world citizenship. Citing the United Nations’ right to freedom of movement, it has been issuing the passports since 1954.

Many countries do not accept the passport either as a travel document or a formal identity but the WSA claims countries such as Togo, Mauritania, Ecuador, Zambia, Tanzania have accepted the 30-page document in the past.

The rapper will hop on a flight Tuesday night after getting arrested in January for using a false passport. The Department of Home Affairs tells TMZ … he was granted a valid passport after his mea culpa. We’re told the government’s dropped its charges.

It’s not ALL good — we’re told Mos is now on an “undesirable persons” list with the S.A. gov’t.

Mos Def’s attorney, Shaheid Schrueder, tells us they’re looking to appeal that status … but they’re waiting until he’s back on U.S. soil.




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