Al Jazeera Documentary On Zimbabwe – Gold Mafia | Watch, About
Gold Mafia is a four-part crime documentary series produced by Al Jazeera Investigations, shedding light on the widespread corruption and illegal activity in Zimbabwe’s gold trade. The documentary reveals how large gold-smuggling operations in Southern Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, aid global criminals in laundering billions of dollars and assist governments in bypassing international sanctions.
The documentary is based on undercover operations and documents that uncover the participation of top government officials and businesspeople in the illegal movement of gold across borders.
Zimbabwe’s Role in the Gold Trade
The first episode of the documentary, entitled “The Laundry Service,” was released on March 23, 2023. It highlights how Zimbabwe’s government is using gold smugglers to bypass Western sanctions and launder money through Dubai. The documentary exposes how Al Jazeera’s undercover reporters, posing as Chinese criminals seeking to launder over $100 million, gained access to some of the smugglers and their operations.
The documentary also uncovers the involvement of Ambassador Uebert Angel, one of Zimbabwe’s most influential diplomats, in the scheme. In March 2021, Ambassador Angel was appointed as the nation of Zimbabwe’s Ambassador at Large and Presidential Envoy by Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Ambassador Angel is linked to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his circle, exposing how those in power are complicit in illegal gold trading.
How to Watch the Documentary
The documentary can be viewed on Al Jazeera’s website, YouTube channel, and other video-sharing platforms. The second episode will be released on March 30, followed by the third and fourth episodes on April 6 and April 13, respectively.
As Al Jazeera Investigations’ Gold Mafia uncovers the dark side of Zimbabwe’s gold trade, it provides critical insight into the corruption and illegal activities that plague this sector, ultimately aiding in efforts to bring accountability to those responsible.