The legal adviser for Mayor Herman Mashaba says there was no conflict interest the city's meeting with a representative of his wife Connie Mashaba's company, Lephatsi Financial Services.
On Monday, Mashaba rubbished a report that he hired his wife’s company to fix the city's financial problems.
The Sowetan newspaper claims it has seen documents confirming a meeting three weeks ago between a representative of Connie Mashaba's company and the city.
The legal adviser for the mayor Tony Taverna-Turisonalso says that the director of the company rendered his services for free.
In this specific case we had requested the assistance of the former business associate to advise us on the financial modelling of the in-sourcing exercise. The story is unfortunately is filled with many allegations that are not correct.— Tony Taverna-Turisonalso, legal adviser for the mayor
This is not to deal with the city's finances in general, but specifically looking at how we go about in-sourcing in a way that we can protect the city and its residents.— Tony Taverna-Turisonalso, legal adviser for the mayor
A lot of people are talking about a potential conflict of interest here. But we must look at what is a conflict of interest. In this specific case there was no way there was any form of personal benefit that could be obtained.— Tony Taverna-Turisonalso, legal adviser for the mayor
He says Mashaba consulted the city's mayoral committee informing them of his intentions and that it was not done behind closed doors.
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