The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in a statement, rebuked the arrest of Yasiin Bey – Mos Def – demanding an immediate repeal of laws and polices that give the State the right to “arrest harass and banish Africans for immigration purposes.”
According to the EFF, South Africa is obligated by history to be home for all Africans in diaspora as their efforts contributed to liberation of the nation from racial segregation.
As such, the party made it clear that it wouldn’t tolerate such laws and practices that criminalize, arrest or deport Africans who made it their mission to visit and find home in South Africa.
The statement related that Africans in diaspora especially those in the United States and other parts of Europe are “harassed, assaulted, arrested, discriminated, treated as sub-Humans and even killed because of the color of their skin. It therefore cannot be correct that when these Africans come back to their origins and roots, they are subjected to the same treatment by a black government.”
The EFF argued that the enforcement of immigration laws relating to “Africans in the diaspora who do not pose any security threat to the country, must be handled in a far more humane and acceptable way,” and declared that it is ideal for the South African government and every other government in Africa to “waive the VISA requirements for all Africans in the diaspora who want to come home.”
While the statement indicated that the EFF’s mission is to “uphold and stand by progressive pan Africanist perspective that seeks to defend all Africans in the continent and diaspora,” the political party revealed it’s intent to write to the Ministry of Home Affairs to “immediately withdraw all charges brought against Mos Def, and propose that the ministry helps him and his family with administrative immigration issues that should be complied with.”
“Banishment, arrests, and deportations of Africans from the diaspora cannot be done in the name of South Africans because many other Africans wishing to visit the country will be discouraged,” EFF stated, and added that “for many centuries, Africans have been on the receiving end of slavery, savage killings, savage drowning in the oceans, colonial dispossession, racism and now imperialist control by whites.”
Meanwhile, Mos Def in a freestlye audio clip he released yesterday, again insisted that the passport he used was a legitimate document, stressing that South Africa previously granted visas to people travelling with the world passport. The Home Affairs has however insisted that arresting Mos Def was a right move.
Speaking about the travel document in question, Home Affairs Director General, Mkuseli Apleni said “I can’t say to anyone go and get it or not, but don’t travel to South Africa with that document.”
You may also want to know that Mos Def announced in his audio freestyle that he’ll be retiring from music and film industry as soon as he drops his last album.