Stealing Diamonds 1/5

By Drum Digital
04 February 2014

Lindiwe knows that what her uncle is asking of her is wrong.

She followed her uncle’s finger as it traced the plans of the house.

Lindiwe knew what he was asking her to do was wrong. She just didn’t know what to do about it and how to refuse his request.

“The diamonds are kept here, in this room,” Uncle Sizwe tapped on the house map.

“You’ll get in here and exchange the real diamonds with these fake ones. Do you understand?” Lindiwe nodded reluctantly as she looked at the fake stones he’d laid on the table.

“I managed to get the code for the vault,” Uncle Sizwe continued. “You’ll get back what was stolen from our family treasure.

Ron Mafikile has invited many beautiful women to this party because he’s looking for a suitable bride for his son, Ben.

Your aunt will doll you up in fashionable clothes and once you’re in the Mafikile mansion, you’ll carry out the theft. Getting young Ben Mafikile’s attention will be a bonus for you.”

Lindiwe knew her uncle was a crook. But he’d been like a father to her since she was orphaned. And righting a past injustice didn’t seem like a bad idea.

When she was a little girl she had been friends with Sarah, Ben Mafikile’s sister, and she knew the inside of the mansion like the back of her hand.

She felt sad she had to steal from one of her childhood friends, but family came first, she reasoned.

“The diamonds are worth R1 million,” said Uncle Sizwe. “They swindled me out of the stones in a shady deal. If you get them back, I’ll reward you handsomely.”

“What if I get caught?” Lindiwe asked. “I don’t want to end up in prison.”

“You won’t get caught,” Uncle Sizwe reassured her. “I’ve got people inside who will look out for you. As long as you follow my instructions you’ll be okay.”

If these had not been family diamonds Lindiwe would have opted out of her uncle’s plan, but now she felt obliged to help.

-by WN Tembo

To be continued...

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