Petrol attendant hero Nkosikho Mbele won’t get funds directly paid into his bank account as per his own request.
Nkosikho Mbele became an overnight celebrity after he paid R100 worth of petrol for motorist Monet van Deventer as she had forgotten her bank card while she was traveling to Cape Town.
Nkosikho Mbele worried that she was running low on fuel and would be stranded on the highway elected to top up her tank from his own pocket.
Monet van Deventer shared this story on her social media and the story gained a lot of traction with people asking if they could donate money for Nkosikho Mbele. She started a crowdfunding campaign with BackaBuddy as way to do something in return for his kindness.
Many people were touched by Nkosikho Mbele actions and gave generously. As of Tuesday morning the fund is reported to be more than R469,000.
BackaBuddy posted “NB: PLEASE NOTE Funds raised by this campaign will be administered by BackaBuddy NPC and transferred directly to the relevant institutions for Nkosi’s children’s education. Funds WILL NOT be paid into Nkosi’s PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT.”
This particular message was met with a lot of criticism as to why they are now administrating the funds instead of paying them directly to Nkosikho Mbele account.
BackaBuddy responded with the following tweet “Nkosi has asked that the money is administered by Backabuddy for his safety as he does not live in a safe area. If you have any questions please email email@example.com”
So it seems like Nkosikho Mbele has elected to not have the funds directly sent to him in fear of crime. He lives in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.