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Mos Def leaves South Africa on a US passport

Authorities confirm that star had left the country on Tuesday after apologising to the government

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Hip hop artist Mos Def performs during the "Discover Music!" event at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File

Hip-hop star Yasiin Bey — also known as Mos Def — has left South Africa after making a deal with authorities who accused him of violating the country’s immigration laws.

South Africa’s home affairs department on Wednesday confirmed that Bey had left the country on Tuesday after apologising to the government. In turn, authorities say, charges against him will be dropped.

Earlier this year, Bey was arrested in Cape Town following an attempt to leave South Africa using a document called a “world passport,” which South Africa does not recognise as valid. The government says Bey had since applied for an American passport after using one in the past.

Bey has announced he is retiring from the music business after farewell concerts in December in New York and Washington, DC.