Diamonds thieves nabbed
29 December 2017
A diamond sorter has been arrested for allegedly stealing diamonds worth US$500 000 from the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.
Anesu Dhliwayo, 34, together with three other men who are already on remand on the same matter allegedly connived and stole High quality diamonds before replacing them with fake ones.
Dhliwayo was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with theft.
He was remanded to today for bail ruling.
The State, represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that during the period extending from January 1 this year, Dhliwayo was employed as a diamond sorter by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.
His duties included grading and handling of diamonds inside the sort house of the company.
It was reported that Dhliwayo connived with Tobias Mukundu, Alphas Dhaka and Stalin Munyanyi who are all employees of the same company.
Mukundu was employed as an internal security guard who was responsible for protecting diamonds from theft by workers.
Dhaka was also employed as a fellow sorter who grades the diamonds into various categories.
Munyanyi was a CCTV controller who controlled the movement of employees detecting theft within the company.
Acting in common purpose with one Tapiwa Marange, a known diamond dealer who is still on the run, the four reportedly took turns to smuggle fake diamonds into the company.
While inside they would allegedly steal high quality diamonds and replace them with fake ones of equal weight to avoid being detected.
The State further alleges that they would sell them to the known illegal diamond dealer who is still on the run.
The diamonds were reportedly sold in United States Dollars cash which proceeds the accused persons would share among themselves.