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25 November 2017 03:59 (South Africa)

‘Blood diamonds’ still fuelling conflict

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Rights group, Partnership Africa Canada, says the Kimberley Process is failing due to a lack of accountability over illegal diamonds. The Kimberley Process was set up in 2003 after civil wars in Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia were largely financed by illicit diamonds. Before its implementation, conflict diamonds made up about 15% of the world market. Although that number has dropped considerably, millions of carats of stones remain untraceable. Partnership Africa Canada, in a recent report, highlights diamonds from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions of people have died in an ongoing regional war.

Read more: Reuters, PAC Web

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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