DA is looking for names of petrol stations selling ‘watered down fuel’


The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is extremely concerned about the findings of an investigation which revealed that four petrol stations in the province are selling diesel that has been watered down with paraffin.

An investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has revealed that 70 gas stations nationwide are selling watered-down diesel to customers.

“This poses a major threat to vehicle engines and can potentially cause significant mechanical problems,” says Derrick America, the DA’s spokesperson on mobility in the Western Cape.

America says that mixing fuels is not only a danger to the safety of vehicles, but is also an illegal act and fraud that financially exploits consumers.

“Minister Gwede Mantashe must make sure that the names of these petrol stations are made known so that residents of the Western Cape can be made aware of the stations that sell fake diesel.”

He says that this watered-down diesel is sold at exactly the same price as approved diesel. “We must protect consumers from this dangerous and fraudulent practice to ensure the welfare of their vehicles and finances.”