According to published reports, Yasiin Bey [a.k.a. Mos Def] has been arrested in Cape Town, South Africa for fraud.

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The Brooklyn bred emcee, born Dante Smith, was taken into custody at Cape Town International Airport charging the rapper entered and traveled to and from the country with a “fraudulent passport.”

South Africa’s Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete addressed the situation via Twitter, revealing Mos and his family have 14 days to depart the country.


In regards to whether or not Mos would be fined or face jail time, Tshwete stated the “courts would give direction.”

In response to the fans who wanted to know the status of Mos Def and his family, Tshwete tweeted one last time confirming the emcee will be returning to the United States.