The Northern Cape Department of Economic Development is yet to make a decision on three of its senior officials who are charged with fraud, contravention of the diamonds Act and the Public Finance Management Act.

It is alleged that in 2011 the suspects flouted processes for the procurement of diamonds meant for the Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy.

The diamonds worth more than R6 million were procured without a licence and were subsequently unaccounted for during auditing in 2012. The officials are currently out on bail and spokesperson Ali Diteme says the department is still dealing with the matter internally.

“The department is still busy, engaging in internal processes, and as soon as those processes have been concluded the MEC will make necessary pronouncements, but thus far, we like to wish that everyone remains patient so that all processes are followed to the latter,” Diteme explains.