The former head of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund who handled uncut diamonds has appeared in court.
Jeremy Ractliffe was at Alexandra Magistrates Court to face the charge of holding onto the stones, which is a criminal offence in South Africa. His trial is due to get underway next March.
He was given the precious gems – items similar to which are used in diamond rings and diamond pendants – by Naomi Campbell, who received them from Charles Taylor, she said at the war crimes trial of the former Libyan ruler earlier this year.
Mr Ractliffe admitted holding on to the gems for over a decade before handing them over to police, saying he took them from the supermodel to help protect her reputation.
In an interview with Sky News last month, Campbell said she felt she had been used as a "scapegoat".
"This trial has been going on for how many years and no-one cared to write about it?," she said.