Well, now an even more bizarre story has come to light. In 1995, Alexkor and the police collaborated in establishing a sting operation involving an undercover detective, who fronted as a music-store owner. This detective became romantically involved with a shopkeeper, who also acted as a go-between for the illicit diamond traders. Through her introductions, a number of deals were concluded, which the detective managed to capture on video-tape. Three men have since been convicted.
Perhaps government needs to be as inventive in making a decision on the future of the operation.