Trial of US hip hop star Mos Def postponed

2016-11-08 13:01
US hip hop artist and actor Mos Def (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

US hip hop artist and actor Mos Def (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Representations made by American hip hop artist Yasiin Bey, popularly known as Mos Def, resulted in the postponement of his immigration trial in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions David Damerell told the court that the representations made by Bey's legal team last week were being considered.

Bey appeared calm and unperturbed in the dock.

His trial was set to go ahead on Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead, the case was adjourned until November 25 for the representations to be considered.

Bey was arrested in February and charged with contravening South Africa’s immigration laws.

Born Dante Terrell Smith, and now legally known as Yasiin Bey, he was taken into custody after he attempted to leave Cape Town with an unrecognised "world passport".

Immigration officials at Cape Town International Airport refused to accept the document.

According to Bey, he had been able to enter and exit the country previously, using the document.

He is out on R5 000 bail.

News24 previously reported that the World Government of World Citizens had said that the world passport represented the inalienable human right of freedom of travel on planet Earth.

Its website lists the countries that have accepted the document in the past, with photographic proof. South Africa is on the list.

Home affairs denied this claim and said it was guided by immigration regulations which only recognised documents from the United Nations, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the African Development Bank.

Aside from his music, Bey is known for his roles in popular films including 2001's Showtime, alongside Robert de Niro and Eddie Murphy, and the 2003 movie The Italian Job with Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.

In 2006, he featured in 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis.

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