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Yasiin Bey speaks out, claims he’s being spied on

Yasiin Bey has broken his silence about his arrest at CT International, where his passport was rejected.

US actor/artist Yasiin Bey. Picture: Instagram @mosdefofficial.

JOHANNESBURG - United States hip hop star and actor Yasiin Bey, who previously went by the name Mos Def, says the world passport he tried to leave South Africa with is a legitimate document and claims his detention in the country is politically motivated.

Bey has broken his silence about his arrest at Cape Town International Airport last week, where the passport he was using was rejected.

Bey says the world passport he tried to use to leave the country has been accepted on numerous occasions.

"In South Africa, in parts, Johannesburg and Cape Town as early and 1996 and as late as 2015."

Bey released an audio recording on fellow rapper Kanye West's website overnight, claiming he's being spied on.

A message from Yasiin Bey https://t.co/Mf6apCqn2D

"I'm under unnecessary state supervision and scrutiny. I have reason to believe or suspect that there are political motivations."

But Home Affairs Spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete has denied the claims.

"Because the matter is in court it becomes a bit difficult for a person to leave whenever they want. Home Affairs officials were just doing their job. We have no reason to spy on anyone."

The rapper is due to reappear in court in March.

Listen to Bey's full message:

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