Updated | Impoverished KZN village in ‘diamond’ rush

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People mine what they believe are diamonds at KwaHlathi, outside Ladysmith.
People mine what they believe are diamonds at KwaHlathi, outside Ladysmith.

Throngs of people the descended to KwaHlathi area, in Ladysmith, at the weekend following rumours that diamonds had been discovered in the small village.

Apparently some had been spending nights and days at a site where “diamonds” were discovered, mining the opaque stones that look like quartz or topaz crystals.

By Sunday afternoon videos and pictures of large crowds burrowing a piece of land with picks and shovels circulated on social media.

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