The World Diamond Council has expressed concerns over reports that rough diamonds from Zimbabwe are being smuggled into South Africa for sale into the world market under fraudulent 'certification of origin'.
The certificate of origin is provided under the Kimberly Process to assure consumers that diamonds are not coming from areas in conflict and that the revenues earned are not financing war and human rights abuses.
The council's reaction was in response to recent local reports that diamonds from Marange are being sent to South Africa for fraudulent Kimberly certification. Reports also accused the government of using security forces to seize a Marange diamond mine in violation of a high court order. Eli Izhakoff, Council chairperson, said, "such illegal exports presents a clear threat to the integrity of the legitimate export process" and urged nations who are signatory to the accord "to resolve this situation and protect legitimate industry." The allegations, if found true, could lead to the blacklisting of Zimbabwean diamonds.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.