Ladysmith diamond diggers’ holes ‘a danger to cattle’

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People from as far as Johannesburg and Durban have been digging for diamonds near Ladysmith.
People from as far as Johannesburg and Durban have been digging for diamonds near Ladysmith.
Claudine Senekal

The traditional leader for the KwaHlathi area, near Ladysmith, is concerned that the illegal “diamond” mining activities will have a long-term impact on the land in the area.

“It worries me that they are destroying the environment,” Inkosi Sphiwe Kunene said. “When they dig, they just dig and then leave the holes like that (without filling them up). There are many holes, which are going to affect the livestock.”

He was concerned that cattle could fall into the holes which could lead to severe injuries.

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