A veritable “diamond fever” swept the village of KwaHlathi, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, on the coast of South Africa. Hundreds of people, with homemade utensils serving as mining devices, occupied a land in search of precious stones.
After a pastor has found a handful of unidentified opaque stones, hundreds of people occupied a vast area of land in northern KwaZulu-Natal province, off the coast of South Africa, writes The Times.
Since the news has spread, more than 3,000 “hunt hunters” have flocked to KwaHlathi to try their luck – and even the authorities’ appeals haven’t calmed the crowd.
“We are very concerned about the images that show people coming from provinces and cities neighboring to KwaHlathi, and the fact that, if left unchecked, the situation could result in chaos“, warned the governor of KwaZulu-Natal.
“We call for order and calm and urge everyone involved to cease operations and vacate the site in order to properly inspect the site and what was discovered there,” urged Sihle Zikalala.
People from all over the country have joined the locals who have been digging the ground since Saturday. Many believe that the pastor unearthed diamonds and, with the help of homemade utensils, they try to have the same luck.
On Monday, experts from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, the Council of Mineral Technology and the Council of Geosciences were sent to the site. A team, made up of geologists and mining specialists, will take samples and conduct analysis.
Once completed, the technical report will be released.