South Africans Want The Return Of Cullinan Diamond on Queen Elizabeth’s Sceptre
More than 6,000 people from South Africa has signed a petition for the return of the Cullinan Diamond on Queen’s Sceptre.
More than 6,000 people have signed a petition asking for the return of the gem( World Largest Diamond). After sending condolences to all members of the Royal Family on Twitter, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message received many posts from South Africans, claiming the return of the Great Star diamond.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, the Cullinan diamond was a gift to King Edward VII in 1907. It was two years after its discovery in a private mine in South Africa’s old Transvaal province. The Royal Collection Trust oversees the royal collection of the British royal family.
A University of South Africa professor of African politics, Everisto Benyera, rejects the narrative.
Prof Benyera noted that’
“Our narrative is that the whole Transvaal and Union of South Africa governments and the concomitant mining syndicates were illegal,”
“Receiving a stolen diamond does not exonerate the receiver. The Great Star is a blood diamond. The private (mining) company, the Transvaal government, and the British Empire were part of a larger network of coloniality.”
Leigh-Ann Mathys, a national spokeswoman for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a South African opposition political party, joined the claim. “We don’t call for its return, as this implies that there was a valid agreement in terms of which the British royal family borrowed the diamond. It is in their possession purely as a result of colonial tenacities that suffocated natives in this country and elsewhere,” Mathys said.