Police crack diamond syndicate

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority says a number of businessmen believed to be part of a syndicate dealing in diamonds have been arrested in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

Spokesperson Nathi Mncube said on Friday: "In a sting operation carried out by a multi-disciplinary project team of law enforcement agencies, a number of senior businessmen were arrested in Kimberley on charges of contravening the Diamonds Act, that is illegal diamond dealing, possession and sale of unpolished diamonds and money laundering."

He said the team was set up in October 2011 and by using undercover agents it was discovered that various unlawful transactions in dealing in unwrought diamonds took place in the Northern Cape.

He said the High Court in Kimberley on Friday, granted the NPA 10 preservation orders in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act effectively freezing property in the sum of approximately R50m.

"The freezing orders were made up of R43m in cash being proceeds from criminal activity, five fixed properties and four vehicles that were used to commit illegal diamond transactions."

He said the order takes place with immediate effect pending the filing of forfeiture applications against the cash and other property.

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John Greystoke 2014/08/22 09:53:11 PM
One sometimes wonders, involuntary, if God really meant that diamonds may only be sold by certain people? If you pick up a diamond it doesn't belongs to you but to the people with mineral rights. Blanket mineral rights to all minerals?
JB Korroico 2014/08/22 10:06:31 PM
if the police have guts to arrest people,they could have arrested Zuma a loooong tym ago
Eliza Zuma Beth 2014/08/22 10:39:33 PM
I am dying to know who these people are
Rolisizwe Dlamini Lunika 2014/08/22 10:43:29 PM
I was in Kimberly once in 2008 for just a weekend and I was shocked by a number of unpolished diamonds I saw and to me it seemed like everyone could get hold of diamonds easy, good job to our law enforcers
Amanda Nkosana 2014/08/23 01:24:22 AM
They should have prsented some of the diamonds for valentines to the main man's wives to ensure protection and they wouldn't be facing charges now...
JeanClaude Vandamme 2014/08/23 06:27:00 AM
I don't know if I'm wrong but 43 is closer to 40 then to 50 'nearest tenth' grade 3 mathematics
Andrew John Becker 2014/08/23 07:36:32 AM
All this because No.1 did not get his cut? Let them go. Business is business