A crowdfunding campaign which was started for kind-hearted Cape Town petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele has raised in excess of R380.000.
Mbele became known across South Africa on Thursday after Monet van Deventer told her story on social media about how the petrol attendant had paid R100 out of his own pocket to put petrol in her vehicle after she left her bank card at home.
He was concerned she would run out of fuel on the N2 and said she could return the money when she was next in the area.
The Facebook post received a massive response and has been shared more than 53.000 times.
After returning to the petrol station to refund Mbele, Van Deventer, an account manager, decided to start a crowdfunding initiative with the hope of raising R100,000 by the end of June for Mbele’s family, as an appreciation for saving her life.
On the BackaBuddy website, VAn Deventer explains that the money will go to help his mother, two children and brother who live with him.
In an interview with TimesLIVE, Mbele said that he is in shock about how far his fame has spread but that it shows that an ordinary person can make a change.
The fund which has already reached R388.000 will not only benefit Mbele and his family, but he would like to help children on the streets and do charity work.