Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, was arrested Thursday, January 14, at South Africa's Cape Town International Airport for traveling with a fake passport.
The rapper, real name Dante Smith, had been living in the country since 2013. He allegedly tried to use a "world passport," that isn't recognized by South Africa.
He's been given 14 days to leave the country.
Department of Home Affairs Spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete explained South Africa's decision in a series of tweets Friday.
Mr Smith has been living in SA with his family without the necessary permits, he was detained upon departure for using illegal travel docs— Mayi (@MTshwete) January 15, 2016
We are all fans guys......but the law is the law— Mayi (@MTshwete) January 15, 2016
Mr Smith came into SA with a legitimate US passport but since overstayed his visitors permit.— Mayi (@MTshwete) January 15, 2016
Mr Smith was departing SA using a "World Passport", SA does not recognise a "World Passport".— Mayi (@MTshwete) January 15, 2016
The Department Of Home Affairs has given Mr Smith and his family 14 days to leave the republic .— Mayi (@MTshwete) January 15, 2016
Bey has not yet released a statement.