Last week social media was buzzing after news broke of massive diamonds being discovered near Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. A diamond rush ensued, with thousands of people descending on the area in hopes of getting lucky.
Unfortunately, geo-scientists and government officials have revealed that the “diamonds” found at the site are, in fact, quartz crystals.
Following the rush, a team was dispatched to investigate and identify the stones that were found in KwaHlathi village, reports SA People News.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the KZN Government confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon.
STATEMENT ON THE REPORT OF THE ANALYSIS OF THE STONES DISCOVERED AT KWAHLATHI IN LADYSMITH
The tests conducted conclusively revealed that the stones discovered in the area are not diamonds as some had hoped. In fact, what has been discovered are quartz.
Image : Ladysmith Herald pic.twitter.com/yTvwQzTHkB
— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) June 20, 2021
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