JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African official says American rapper Mos Def's family appeared in court to stop their deportation from South Africa.
Department of Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said Tuesday that a judge ruled that lawyers representing the rapper's wife and child could argue why they should be allowed to stay.
Tshwete says they will return to court on Feb. 17. Officials had ordered their deportation because their visitors' visas expired in April 2014.
Separately, Mos Def faces criminal charges for breaking South Africa's immigration laws. He was released on bail and will appear in court on March 8.
Mos Def, born Dante Smith and now known as Yasiin Bey, was arrested in January when he tried to leave South Africa. Officials say he did not have a valid passport.