Man held over 2 diamonds worth R12m

2011-01-20 18:34

Johannesburg - A 51-year-old man who allegedly stole two uncut diamonds worth R12m has been arrested at his home in Port Elizabeth and the stones recovered, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Police had been investigating the theft of the diamonds, which took place at the King Edward Hotel in the city in September last year, Captain Ernest Sigobe said.

Their investigations led them to a home in Cradock Place, Algoa Park, where they arrested the man on Wednesday evening.

"The 51-year-old will be charged with theft of a diamond that was stolen from a private person in a Port Elizabeth hotel in September 2010," Sigobe said.

He had been charged with theft and money laundering and would appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Proudly SA - 2011-01-20 19:06

    Hopefully they are also investigating while this "private person" was in possession of uncut diamonds....

  • Proudly SA - 2011-01-20 19:09

    Hopefully they are also investigating why this "private person" was in possession of uncut diamonds....

  • Grant - 2011-01-20 19:22

    If the "private person" has any links to the ANC, no investigation is required. (It's probably in the constitution by now...)

  • Worldwise - 2011-01-20 22:19

    Its only in SA and one or two other countries that the possession of uncut diamonds is illegal. Everywhere else its not a crime. Only the diamond companies are protected from the taxpayer using the taxpayers money. Big deal and rotten to the core.

  • richard - 2011-01-21 09:11

    And where did this 'private person' buy this diamonds from? Mrs Mugabe. These diamonds are called blood diamonds and this private peson should also be arrested. O r does he have a license to have uncut diamonds. I smell a rat. And why are we still buying diamonds when we full well know where a lot of this diamonds come from. Start making a change and stop buying diamonds. This will give Mrs Mugabe less money to spend in Hong Kong on designer clothes.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-27 22:43

    Good stuff!

  • York Hunt - 2011-09-28 07:02

    I bet the identity of the 'private person' will never be made public.

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