JIKA Joe residents says they have hope that their new ward councillor will help them. Residents said this after Nkululeko Mkhize won the by-election and became the Ward 33 councillor two weeks ago. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever residents said they want Mkhize to help them get RDP house and jobs. They claim their former councillor, who resigned four months ago, Uraisha Joemay, did nothing for them so now they have put their faith in Mkhize. “We need houses because the ones we living in are not in a good condition. When it rains we suffer because the water floods the inside. “For the past nine years the municipality has given us temporary houses, but they are damaged now. They told us they were going to build us RDP houses,” said Nelisiwe Sithole. Sithole said she has been living in that area since 2008, but hasn’t seen any development. “Councillors only come here when they want votes and when they get them they just leave and never look back. Our last hope now is on Mkhize to help us in this struggle we are facing.” Another resident said they could see through Mkhize, when he was campaigning, that he understands their problems and wants to help them. “He understood our challenges, which is why we have hope in him. We need jobs so we can survive. Having the RDP house won’t help much if you don’t have a job because you need money to maintain that house.“If people get jobs it will help. Even the rate of crime will decrease because people steal because they want to sell [the stolen items] and buy something to eat, not because they want to steal, they are forced by the circumstances,” she said. Residents also said they have problems with water because they only have two taps, which they all have to share. They claim in the evening they have to stand in long queues to get water.Other resident said some of their children don’t go to school and crèche because they don’t have money for transport and school fees.When Maritzburg Fever visited the area there were illegal electricity connections everywhere, which residents said they did to assist those who don’t have electricity.