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According to Mos Def’s immigration lawyer, the rapper is in the country legally.

During an interview on Metro FM’s 1st Avenue, Mos Def’simmigration lawyer, Craig Smith, explained that the rapper is actually in the country legally.


The interview came after the American rapper was charged by SAPS for using fraudulent travel documents at the airport on Friday, 15 January. It was also reported that legal authorities had ordered Mos Def to leave the country within 14 days.

However, according to Smith, that is false.

“He certainly doesn’t have to leave within 14 days. In fact, his family is obliged to leave within 14 days,” he explained

Craig further mentioned that Mos Def is in the country legally and that the Department of Home Affairs had acted in an “overzealous manner.”

“As we speak, Mos Def is legally in the country. The department, in essence, have acted in an unconstrained way and overzealous manner.”

According to the lawyer, there had been a miscommunication within the US consulate. The miscommunication was a basic administrative matter that needed to be addressed to the Department of Home Affairs and fixed, but the department wasn’t interested in hearing what Mos Def’s team had to put forth to them.


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