Petrol attendant pays for woman’s fuel: ‘I knew it was the right thing to do’

Monet van Deventer and Nkosikho Mbele, (Photo: Facebook/Monet van Deventer)
Monet van Deventer and Nkosikho Mbele, (Photo: Facebook/Monet van Deventer)

When a young woman from Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape left for work yesterday morning, she had no idea that an act of kindness would soon be coming her way.

Monet van Deventer, an account manager, was on her way to Cape Town from her home on Thursday 30 May when she realised her car was running low on petrol.

The 21-year-old then decided to stop at the Shell Ultra City False Bay garage near Macassar on the N2 to top up her tank.

Upon arrival she told petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele (28), also known as Sam, to hold off throwing fuel in her vehicle because she had a feeling that she might not have any cash on her.

“I searched my handbag while Nkosikho washed my car’s windows” Monet told YOU. “After about three-to-five minutes of searching, I realised I forgot my card in one of my jackets at home. I didn’t have any way of paying and I told Nkosikho he doesn’t have to throw petrol into my tank because I couldn’t pay for it.”

But what happened next left Monet pleasantly surprised.

“Then he [Nkosikho] said ‘no man, you can’t run out of petrol on the N2. I’ll give you R100 then you can just bring back my R100 whenever you’re here again’.

“I was so shocked and couldn’t say anything. He took out his own card and paid for my petrol. It was an amazing gesture. It really made my day,” Monet says.

Nkosikho, who’s from Khayelitsha revealed that he gave the young woman the money for safety reasons.

“I decided to help her out because it was dark and early in the morning. Nkosikho told YOU, adding he didn’t want her to get stuck along the road. “I knew it was the right thing to do.”

Monet then took to Facebook to share her moving experience with her friends and family. The post has since gone viral with more than 38 000 people sharing her touching story.

“Wow, I feel so blessed,” Nkosikho said about the Facebook post. “I feel as if God is watching me.”

Monet and her family are starting a crowdfunding page to help support Nkosikho.

“I got so many comments and messages from people who are willing to donate money so I’m going to collect the donations and take it to him.”

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Read your favourite magazine in a convenient PDF form.
Read now