South Africa is fighting a multi-billion rand court claim by descendants of the country's first inhabitants for decades of diamond mining on land confiscated by the government 80 years ago.
The about 4,000 members of the Richtersveld community in the northwest corner of South Africa are suing for 2.5 billion rand ($410.8 million) in damages after the Constitutional Court ruled in 2003 they have a case.
"I feel we are on the doorsteps of victory," community elder Marcia Farmer told Reuters on Thursday through an interpreter at Cape Town's High Court, where the case is being heard.
"I feel like something is coming from heaven and even if I do not see this happening, the next generation will see it and benefit from it," she said.
Members of the community are descendants of the Khoi-Khoi -- the first inhabitants of the region -- and many still speak the indigenous Nama language despite attempts by the former apartheid government to stop it being taught to new generations.
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