SA court to probe Zim diamonds
Johannesburg – Rights groups said on Wednesday they have asked a South African court to force the company mining diamonds in Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange fields to reveal how it uses its earnings.
Nicole Fritz, director of the Southern African Litigation Centre which helped prepare the petition, said the documents would show if the diamond wealth is funding President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party ahead of elections that could come as early as next year.
“There is a widespread belief that the Marange diamonds are funding a Zanu-PF election war chest-as well as providing Zimbabwe’s old elite with a new source of illicit wealth,” Fritz said in a statement.
Southern Africa Resource Watch along with three Zimbabweans filed the petition in [continue reading]