Petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele keen to ensure criminals do not target him

Shell garage petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele has warmed the hearts of South Africans.
Shell garage petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele has warmed the hearts of South Africans.
Image: Facebook/ Monet van Deventer

Inspirational petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele will spend the R400,000 donated to him so far in a crowdfunding campaign on his two children's education and on living expenses at their Khayelitsha home.

The funds will be administered by BackaBuddy at his request, due to a concern about crime.

Mbele had paid R100 out of his own pocket to top up the tank of a motorist who stopped for fuel, but had forgotten her bank card while driving to Cape Town. He was worried that she would be stranded on a notorious stretch of highway if she ran out of petrol.

Monet van Deventer, an account manager, shared the heartwarming story of her encounter with Mbele, and started the crowdfunding campaign as a way to do something in return for him.

With generous donations pouring in over the weekend, the crowdfunding website has disclosed that funds raised by the campaign would not be paid into his personal account.

Petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele helped a woman at Shell Ultra City outside Cape Town by using his own money to buy fuel for the motorist who had forgotten her bank card on May 30 2019.

Instead, the funds are to be administered by BackaBuddy, a not-for-profit company,  and transferred directly to the relevant institutions for Nkosi’s children’s education.

"Nkosikho has asked that the money is administered by Backabuddy for his safety, as he does not live in a safe area."

The company further stated that only he would decide what the money would be spent on.

"Nkosikho will have full control of how his funds are utilised. Based on his personal request, the relevant institutions (children's education and living and home expenses) will be paid directly by BackaBuddy," it stated.

Mbele, meanwhile, has expressed gratitude for the support he has received.

His message to the country is: "All focus and praise should go to God, who inspires all good deeds."

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