Johannesburg - A court case involving alleged collusion by petrol station owners has opened a can of worms on how some motorists might have been duped at the fuel pumps.
Sandile Sikhosana, owner of the Tembisa Convenience Centre - an Engen petrol station franchise - is accused with his daughter Nompulelelo, who was the manager at the store, of colluding with petrol truck drivers and contaminating the petrol. Their matter was heard yesterday in the North Gauteng High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Drivers Lucky Sikhosana, Jackson Motlhowa, Tomson Sibeko, Samson Mahuwa, Jethro Mdlalose, Isaac Ntaman, Nimrod Kalase, Raymond Mthethwa and Kenny Lephole are accused of stealing from unsuspecting motorists by giving the petrol station the wrong fuel grade. They all pleaded not guilty and are out on bail.
They were charged with 10 counts of theft and nine of fraud for allegedly loading grade 93 fuel into the underground tanks of the grade 95 fuel. This was sold to the public as grade 95 fuel and charged as such, between 2014 and 2015. Grade 95 fuel is more expensive than grade 93 by over 20cents currently.
On Tuesday, Sikhosana’s legal representative, advocate Christo Meiring, cross-examined forensic auditor Werner Ungerer, who works as a consultant for Engen. He audits petrol stations and trains workers on the delivery claims system.