Hawks arrest man for dealing in uncut diamonds after sting operation

A 43-year-old man is expected to appear before the Mahikeng Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 5 August, after he was arrested while attempting to sell uncut diamonds on Thursday.


Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said the suspect was allegedly looking for a buyer for the uncut diamonds. He was looking to sell 11 stone for R50 000.

The authorities caught wind of what the suspect was up to and planned a sting operation at Mahikeng Mall where he was arrested after receiving a down payment of R10 000.

The suspect was caught in possession of the 11 diamonds when he was apprehended by the Hawks.

In an unrelated incident, a Namibian man was recently arrested for the same offence in Worcester, Western Cape by members of the provincial Anti-Gang Unit.

The suspect in the Western Cape was caught with six uncut diamonds in a shopping centre parking lot.

As previously reported, a person found in possession of uncut diamonds in South Africa could face up to 10 years imprisonment if they do not have a license.

According to the Diamonds Act of 1986, any person who finds an uncut diamond – at any place where they are not permitted to prospect, dig or mine – must take the gem to the nearest police station.

READ MORE: Anti-Gang unit arrests man for possession of uncut diamonds in Worcester


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