Street cleaner assaulted

2016-07-22 11:50
Privately paid street cleaner Wonder Ndlovu shows where he was assaulted on Wednesday by two men who picked a fight with him while he was busy picking up litter along Hesketh Drive. The assault happened on the corner of Hesketh Drive and Assegai Road.

Privately paid street cleaner Wonder Ndlovu shows where he was assaulted on Wednesday by two men who picked a fight with him while he was busy picking up litter along Hesketh Drive. The assault happened on the corner of Hesketh Drive and Assegai Road. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A local resident is on the warpath after two men in a security vehicle “picked a fight” with the man he pays to clean the streets in Cleland and Hayfields.

The Pietermaritzburg attorney (who asked The Witness not to publish his name for professional reasons) said his firm intends to ensure the assailants are brought to book and will sue them for damages on behalf of his employee, Wonder Ndlovu.

“His dignity was also impaired by being beaten on a public road,” he said.

The attorney said he has for the past three years been employing people on a full-time basis to keep a large area in Hayfields (including Blackburrow Road, C.B. Downes Road, Murray Road, Cleland Road and Hesketh Drive) free of litter and other debris. “It’s my contribution to the community,” he said.

On Wednesday while Ndlovu was going about his daily business picking up litter along Hesketh Drive, a car stopped and the three occupants threw litter from their vehicle.

Ndlovu told The Witness he did not take much notice at first and just “ignored” the vehicle, but recalls it had a security company logo on it.

“I was just walking along doing what I do … I pick up everything that’s dirty and not supposed to be there and I put it into my black bag,” he said.

“I went along and just picked up the rubbish and put it in my bag.”

Ndlovu said he could not hear what the men said but got the impression that they were being “insulting” towards him.

He ignored them but then they threw out more rubbish.

“I went to the car and asked them politely with a smile why they did not call me and put the rubbish straight in my bag.”

Ndlovu said this resulted in the men calling him a “rubbish and a piece of s**t”.

“They said I cannot tell them what to do.”

Ndlovu said he carried on picking up the litter but as they continued to swear at him he took out a pencil and book intending to write down their registration number.

The car “reversed fast” to where he was and the men demanded to know what he was doing.

Moments later the driver jumped out with a baton and hit him twice in his stomach Ndlovu said, imitating the thrusts of the baton striking him as he doubled over in pain.

Ndlovu said the passenger grabbed the baton and also hit him. The baton struck his elbow and hand as he tried to ward off the blows and protect his face and head.

After that the driver punched him all over his body.

“I was seriously in pain. It was very tough at that stage,” he said.

According to Ndlovu, the assailants were two Indian males.

He said they were accompanied by a third African male but it appeared to him that he was “merely an employee”.

Ndlovu said several cars stopped as they were blocking the road and one motorist asked his attackers what they were doing and told them to stop.

After this the vehicle sped away.

Ndlovu said despite his pain he managed to note down the registration number.

A woman, who also arrived at the scene thereafter, drove him to the Alexandra Road police station where he laid a charge of assault.

He also received medical treatment at a clinic.

THE local ratepayers’ organisation for Cleland yesterday expressed shock and condemned the assault on Ndlovu.

Vernon Vogt said he had stopped to talk to Ndlovu last week to find out who was paying him and to praise him as he was doing such a great job.

He urged all ratepayers to support Ndlovu in any way they can. “Maybe they can offer him a drink or a sandwich if they see him working. He is doing a fantastic job,” said Vogt.

He said anyone who has information that might help the investigation into the assault on Ndlovu is welcome to contact him at 082 492 0288. “I will pass the information on to his employer and the police,” he said.

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