Court victory for ‘Please Call Me’ inventor

Court victory for ‘Please Call Me’ inventor

The High Court in Pretoria has ordered Vodacom to release financial records which will assist the parties in determining the value of the “Please Call Me” idea.

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The ruling was handed down by Judge Jody Kollapen on Monday.

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Makate, who is the inventor of the successful service, took the mobile giant to court demanding compensation for his role in creating ‘Please Call Me’.

The former employee reportedly rejected an offer of R47 million with hopes of retrieving a R20 billion settlement.

In a statement, Vodacom says it has not decided on the way forward.

“We are reviewing Justice Kollapen’s judgment whereafter a decision on appropriate next steps, including the possibility of an appeal, will be taken.

“Makate’s case before Justice Kollapen was not about the reasonableness of the quantum of the compensation payable to him, but rather the production of the record by the deadlock breaker, and further and better discovery of documentation. “

The mobile giant adds that it remains willing to compensate Makate.

“Our position on this matter is consistent in that we have repeatedly stated our willingness to pay Mr Makate a substantial amount.”


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