New Delhi: South Africa has demanded the return of the 500-carat Great Star Diamond, following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Great Star Diamond, also known as Cullinan I, was discovered in 1905 during mining in South Africa.
According to a CNN report, the Great Star Diamond was handed over to the British royal family by the colonial rulers of Africa after it was removed from the mine. At present, this 500-carat diamond is placed in the royal scepter of the Queen.
The Great Star Diamond is said to be the longest diamond in the world. It is currently valued at around 400 million US dollars.
Online campaign launched for the return of diamonds
Activist Thandxolo Sabello told local media that the Great Star Diamond should be returned to South Africa with immediate effect. An online campaign has been launched on change.org to demand the return of the 500-carat diamond. So far more than 6,000 people have signed the demand for the return of the diamond.
Wuyolwethu Zungula, a member of the South African Parliament, posted a tweet demanding compensation for all damages done by Britain and the return of all gold, diamonds stolen by Britain. ABC News said in a report that a 530.2-carat drop-shaped diamond with a cross is embedded in the scepter.