'Diamond rush' grips South African village after discovery of unidentified stones

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Published on 15 Jun 2021, 8:43
More than 1,000 fortune seekers on Monday flocked to the village of KwaHlathi in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province in search of what they believed to be diamonds after a discovery of unidentified stones in the area.

The people travelled from across South Africa to join villagers who have been digging since Saturday (June 12), after a herd man who dug up the first stone on an open field, which some believe to be quartz crystals, put out the word.

The mines department said on Monday it was sending a team comprising of geological and mining experts to the site to collect samples and conduct an analysis.

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