WHILE ward 10 councillor Nkosinathi Gambu is busy with the proceedings of his bail application in court, the community of KwaPatha has been left in the dark about who will be filling his post pending his court case.Gambu was arrested at the beginning of September, along with five other accused, in connection with the murder of Msawenkosi Qashana Mchunu, who was gunned down outside his home in May. The community claims that, since Gambu was arrested, the African National Congress (ANC) and the Msunduzi Municipality have not come to address them with regards to where to report their problems to. They are experiencing problems, among them obtaining proof of residence, which they used to be able to access from the councillor’s office. “Since the councillor and his assistant were arrested, the office is locked. We can’t be expected to travel to town as it’s not walking distance. We need clarity as to what is happening and who is now responsible for us as the community of ward 10. “All the knowledge we have is from what we read in newspapers and see on television,” said one resident who wanted to remain anonymous. Another resident, Sibonelo Bhengu, said they feel neglected and feel that all attention is being focused on the court case.“They should appoint someone until the court case is over. We know that the case has drawn a lot of attention but they must not ignore the community and its needs. “Community members face different problems every day that require the help of a councillor. We can not continue to survive like this,” he said.Nobuhle Ndlovu said: “ I feel that it is unfair to us to be left in the dark like this. Just because councillors are arrested, it doesn’t mean that there are no problems in the ward that need his attention.”Thulani Xulu, who is a member of Regional Task Team (RTT) in Moses Mabhida, said they are waiting on a decision by the speakers office. “Once the office of the speaker has taken action only then can we interfere.This matter was being handled by the province and we are waiting for the provincial secretary to tell us what is happening,” he said.Comment was requested from the municipality and speakers office but was not made available at the time of print deadline.