Pietermaritzburg - Police are a step closer to identifying the occupants of a security vehicle who allegedly beat up a privately employed street cleaner in Hayfields recently. The attorney who employs cleaner Wonder Ndlovu confirmed that police have contacted him to tell him they had succeeded in tracing the registration number of the vehicle involved. “The owner is now in the process of establishing who was using the vehicle at the relevant time,” he said. The attorney added that the response from the community to Ndlovu’s plight and the service he was performing had been “fantastic”.“People have stopped on the road on seeing him working to tell him what a good job he is doing. They have also got in touch with me and offered moral support. The community is behind us in this,” he said.The attorney, who would not be named for professional reasons, said he had employed people like Ndlovu to clean up the streets and pick up litter for the past three years. Ndlovu told The Witness that a car with a security company logo had stopped while he was busy working in Hesketh Drive recently, and the three occupants had thrown litter onto the road, which he picked up. When they threw more rubbish out, he “politely” asked them to put their litter straight into his black bag. The men initially subjected him to verbal abuse, but two of the occupants jumped out and beat him with a baton and their fists after he took out a pencil and paper to write down their registration number. The assailants drove away after other motorists stopped at the scene.A woman, who has still not been identified, drove Ndlovu to Alexandra Road police station, where he reported the matter.Vernon Vogt, who represents a local ratepayers’ organisation, has invited anyone who can assist the police investigation to contact him at 082 492 0288.