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The DA’s top brass will ask Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba for an explanation on the use of a former business associate who advised him on the insourcing of security workers in the city. DA chairman of the federal executive committee James Selfe told Business Day that if the explanation given to the DA’s federal executive committee is not satisfactory, it could lead to further investigation. On Monday Sowetan newspaper reported that Mashaba had appointed Akhter Deshmukh, a financial director of Lephatsi Financial Services, which is owned by his wife, Connie, to help with the financial modelling of the insourcing of the security workers. Mashaba demanded a retraction from the newspaper, claiming that Deshmukh had delivered his service for free and that it had nothing to do with Lephatsi Financial Services because the help was given in Deshmukh’s personal capacity. However, DA insiders have raised concern about the "perception" that this could create. Mashaba has been against corru...

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