Zim mines face probe

HARARE - Zimbabwe has grossed 19,6million dollars (R152million) from diamond sales during the first seven months of the year, government statistics showed yesterday.

HARARE - Zimbabwe has grossed 19,6million dollars (R152million) from diamond sales during the first seven months of the year, government statistics showed yesterday.

This is amid concerns about rights abuses in the nation's diamond fields.

Zimbabwe only sells unpolished or rough diamonds, but last month the Kimberley Process warned against "blood diamonds" emanating from Zimbabwe's eastern Marange diamond fields

A Kimberley team visited Zimbabwe to probe allegations of human rights abuses at Marange diamond fields. - Sapa-AFP

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