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Mystery stones spark diamond rush in South Africa Updated: 2021-06-16 06:56:18 KST

South Africa, widely known for its mineral wealth, is the place that holds the world record for rough diamond discovery.
And the unearthing of more mystery stones has sparked another diamond rush in the South African village of KwaHlathi, after a man dug up a crystal-like stone in an open field.
Over a thousand people have gathered since Saturday and have been digging the soil with picks, shovels and forks, hoping to find riches.

"I hadn't seen or touched a diamond in my life. It's my first time touching one here, I hope this will make a difference at home because we are really struggling so I hope things will be better."

The provincial government has asked people to leave the site amid fears of COVID-19 and so that a proper analysis of the stones can be carried out by mining experts.
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