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.

According to a report on the IoL site, 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 this week in the 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.

Sikhosana’s legal representative, Advocate Christo Meiring, cross-examined forensic auditor Werner Ungerer, who works as a consultant for Engen. Ungerer was called to the Tembisa petrol station when Sikhosana noticed losses he couldn't account for.

After his investigation, Ungerer concluded that the petrol station was stealing thousands of litres of fuel from Engen. Meiring asked why, if guilty, Sikhosana would bring attention to his business. Ungerer was also accused of not interviewing workers or visiting the petrol station for inspection.

Full report on the IoL site