American musician Mos Def has been charged with contravening the Immigration Act for allegedly using fraudulent travel documents to enter the country.
702's Azania Mosaka on Wednesday spoke to Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete regarding the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
When you're not using those documents you are basically misrepresenting yourself to an immigration officer.— Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson
Aiding and abetting of people to stay in the country illegally... The family has been living in the country since 2013. Initially they came into the country with a visitors' visa.— Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson
Within the law, they applied for an extension which took it to around April 2014. Since April 2014, there are no records of either himself or the family trying to extend their stay in South Africa using legitimate channels.— Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson
Our immigration laws are the most liberal in the world.— Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson