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Mbeki sends warning to Zim

13 November 2012, 14:21

Johannesburg - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has warned Zimbabwe's "predatory elite" to stop benefiting from the country's diamonds, a South African newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"Diamond production must not be governed by a predatory elite which is in collusion with mining companies for its own benefit," said Mbeki.

"As elections loom in Zimbabwe next year, the country must prove that it is not a rogue state."

Mbeki was speaking at a Zimbabwe government conference on the diamond trade.

The Associated Press reported on Monday that at least US$2bn worth of diamonds had been stolen from Zimbabwe's eastern diamond fields and enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling circle, gem dealers and criminals.

- SAPA

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