A feel-good story that has been the talk of the town over the past two days has taken a bit of a sour turn after South Africans found out that the more than R400,000 raised for Nkosikho Mbele’s children’s education will not be paid out to him directly.
The 28-year-old a petrol attendant gained overnight fame after a post about his kindness went viral.
A 21-year-old woman named Monet Van Deventer took to Facebook to share the story of how Mbele had helped her by paying for her petrol the other evening. This was after she realised she couldn’t pay because she had forgotten her purse at home.
The post has since been shared over 50,000 times.
Vroeg vanoggend oppad Kaap toe stop ek by 'n petrolstasie om my kar vol te maak. Voordat ek die persoon vra om my kar…
Once the post gained traction, Van Deventer started a crowdfunding campaign for him with the aim of raising R100,000. The campaign has since surpassed that by raising over R400,000.
Keen-eyed social media users who read the campaign’s description box and terms and conditions noted that the funds raised would not go directly to him and would instead be managed by the crowd-funding platform.
The site which hosted the campaign confirmed this via Twitter.
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.https://t.co/MZU2oJiGBG
— BackaBuddy NPC (@backabuddy) June 2, 2019
Many viewed this as an insult to the man who kicked off this entire thing with one act of kindness and took to Twitter to share their conspiracy theories about it.
Can he plz b given his money raw. Cause rumours have it that the wanna put in some crazy education fund
— ????????Radical (@mubimc) June 3, 2019
Will you include when the other organization is paying him his money?
— Lukhanyo Vangqa (@LukhanyoV) June 3, 2019
When is he getting his money?
— Martin M (@MrMbosh) June 3, 2019
Its true mfwetho.. our brother got screwed while being praised..????
— ????extrovertKIDDKAY???????? (@MSL9000) June 3, 2019
Is it the one they said they won't give it to him? But on a trust? Yet government has money for the poor like Nkosi
— TaMos (@TaMos59534027) June 3, 2019
So they are now dictating how the petrol attendant should spend his money?
— lungelo buthelezi (@lungistorol) June 3, 2019
Abelungu don’t care,they just want that money straight to the trust fund so he can stay as a petrol attendant,what if he want to further his studies,he looks young
— Hlavutelo Sithole (@Nathi_MfokaJobe) June 3, 2019
So the R100 petrol attendant dude Nkosi whom the nation donated over R200k for is told "nah dude, we can't give you the money we'll administer it for you" and now y'all mad? Hahahah, @backabuddy probably looking at y'all like ???? pic.twitter.com/6BZPWu3Flf
— Demi-God || #PutSouthAfricansFirst ???????? (@demidashgod) June 3, 2019
According to the organization, Nkosi has asked that the money be administered by Backabuddy for his safety as he does not live in a safe area and the description box of the campaign has since been amended to reflect this.
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
— BackaBuddy NPC (@backabuddy) June 3, 2019
This has done little to quell the anger of the crowd as some of them have even taken to asking for their donations back.
Can I have my donation back because i don't approve or like any of this
— Princess Rari (@Lil_CHXPO) June 3, 2019
We as https://t.co/p6lRQRBByN, who contributed to this fundraising campaign do not condone the path you have chosen. We believed that our contribution was for the funds to reach Nkosi Mbhele with no other parties acting as conduits to the money. We are disappointed.
— Akeldnok (@akeldnok) June 3, 2019
Speaking to Independent Media, Backabuddy said: “BackaBuddy Financial Manager and Chief Operations Officer Catherine Du Plooy is meeting with Nkhosikho and Monete this afternoon at the petrol station to discuss how Nkhosikho would like his funds to be managed. They will also speak with the service station manager to verify the details of Nkosi’s remarkable act of kindness.”