Pretoria, South Africa – (African Boulevard News) – South Africans are calling for the United Kingdom (UK) to return diamonds set in their crown jewels that were mined in South Africa during the colonial era. The demand follows the recent discovery of the largest diamond in South African history, estimated to be worth about $30 million.
“The diamond needs to come to South Africa. It needs to be a sign of our pride, our heritage, and our culture,” said Thabo Katane, a cultural historian based in Johannesburg.
South Africa was once the world’s largest diamond producer during the colonial era. However, the riches of the country weren’t enjoyed by its people but rather exploited by foreign powers, leaving the nation with a complex legacy of inequality and exploitation.
The British Crown Jewels contain a number of valuable diamonds that were taken from South Africa during the colonial period, sparking outrage among South Africans who argue that such precious stones should belong to their rightful owners.
“The diamond trade has been a big part of South Africa’s history, and it is time that we reclaim what was taken from us. These diamonds belong to us,” said Gugu Masinga, a local business owner.
The demand for the return of the diamonds comes after the recent discovery of a 1,111-carat diamond that was unearthed in a mine north of Pretoria. The diamond, dubbed “The Spirit of African Women,” was found by a local miner, who sold it to a consortium of international investors for an undisclosed sum.
The discovery of such a gem has reignited a debate over the ownership of South Africa’s natural resources and its tumultuous colonial past.
“There is a deep sense of injustice that still lingers in South Africa, and the return of these diamonds would go some way to acknowledging the wrongs of the past,” said Dr. John Mphahlele, a political analyst.
The debate over the return of the diamonds underscores the complex relationship between South Africa and former colonial powers like the UK. While the countries share a long history, the legacy of colonialism continues to shape the relationship between the two nations.
As calls for the return of the diamonds continue to grow, it remains to be seen if the UK government will respond to the demands of South Africans and return the diamonds to their rightful owners.