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Monet van Deventer, 21, was going to work in Cape Town when she stopped to fill up her car with gas on the outskirts of the city.
However, after parking at the Shell station, Monet realized she had forgotten her credit cards at home and was unable to pay for her gas. Worst of all, she was about to drive through a notoriously hazardous part of town, where she could easily become stranded.
“I had this strange feeling that I forgot my card. I then started looking for it, and while I was searching, Nkosikho started washing my windows,” van Deventer said to Times Live.
He didn’t have to clean her windows because she forgot her credit card and wouldn’t be able to pay. However, the worker observed her fuel gauge’s red warning light and wasn’t about to let her drive away.
“Thank you for washing my windows,” I told him, “but I won’t be able to put petrol in today.” Because he was gazing at my gasoline needle, which was already in the red, he seemed agitated and surprised,” she continued.
The 28-year-old gas station employee simply could not let the stranded woman to return to the roadway because it was potentially unsafe. That’s why he made her an extremely generous offer: he pledged to pay her gas bill of around a hundred rands (approximately seven dollars) so she could safely go across the N2 motorway with enough gasoline.
Later that day, a grateful Monet returned to repay Nkosikho, even setting up a crowd-funding drive to do so.
People all around South Africa and beyond were moved by Nkosikho’s generosity, and the crowdfunding website raised £26,600.
The news about Nkosikho swiftly spread, and many people expressed their respect for him. His newfound celebrity, however, has led him to some major concerns about his personal safety, with fears that another individual from his township will steal the money from him.
With this in mind, Nkosikho requested that the money be held by BackaBuddy, who will use it to construct him a house, pay his children’s school tuition, and pay his utilities.
Nkosikho’s good deed has been noted by his bosses at Shell, who have agreed to match any donations he receives on the condition that he donates the money to a charity of his choice.