A community near Ladysmith in Kwa-Zulu Natal is jubilant after discovering a field full of the precious stones.
People are literally picking up diamonds from the ground in KZN, Ladysmith, KwaHlathi. pic.twitter.com/EK2GYig3AR
— Sabza (@SabeloNkabind12) June 13, 2021
Hundreds of community members have flocked to the area, carrying mining tools and buckets in search of riches.
A viral video of a man calling his family telling them to burn all the old furniture, with a handful of precious stones has left many in stitches. In the video, he tells a family member that it’s their turn to eat in Dubai.
Our people have found diamonds in a village in KZN. Can our government NOT stick its sticks fingers in this operation. The PEOPLE SHALL SHARE IN THE COUNTRY’s WEALTH ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/Uch1sa0BET
— jjsesing (@JjSesing) June 13, 2021
The KZN government has also weighed in on the diamond rush, saying it has noted with concern the ‘illegal’ mining taking place in KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith.
KZN PREMIER CALLS FOR ORDER AMID REPORTS OF A “DIAMOND RUSH” IN KWAHLATHI NEAR LADYSMITH
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has noted with concern, the reports of illegal mining activity taking place at KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith
— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) June 13, 2021
Geological and mining experts will be dispatched to the area, where hundreds of people have gathered in the belief they have found diamonds.
Social media users have expressed concern over the government’s involvement saying the diamonds belong to the struggling community. “Once there’s a DIAMOND RUSH, all hell will break loose. The whole world will descend on that area. The area will be turned into one big crime scene.”