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Concern in South Africa over possible sale of contaminated fuel

Pretoria, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) today expressed its concern about the alleged sale of contaminated diesel fuel in several parts of the country.

According to AA spokesman Layton Beard, the impact that the burning of contaminated fuel in vehicles can have is immense, especially because motorists will only be able to perceive it in the long term, when the damage has already been done.

As of today, he added, it is possible that gas stations do not know that the fuel they receive from wholesale suppliers is contaminated.

The AA’s statements come after government inspectors reported finding contaminated diesel at 70 service stations across the country.

I think we just don’t know how widespread the problem is,” Beard said.

Of course, the big problem for consumers at the moment is that there is no way for them to really know whether the diesel they are buying is contaminated or not, unless they take a sample of their fuel and have it tested, which forces them to pay a higher cost.

Motorists’ confidence stems from the fact that up to now filling stations usually provide clean fuel, and that, under these circumstances, they can create a problem, he concluded.