- Nkosana Makate has won yet another legal battle against cellphone giant Vodacom
- The High Court has ruled in his favour, ordering the network operator to release records and contracts with other providers
- This comes as the 'Please Call Me' inventor seeks to finally secure financial compensation for his efforts
'Please Call Me' inventor Nkosana Makate has emerged victorious after another round in court against Vodacom.
The Sowetan reports that the Pretoria High Court has given the network provider 21 days to furnish Makate with copies of financial records and contracts it had with other service providers.
Makate wished to see what deals were in place for services including airtime advance, bulk messaging, Look4ME and more.
Judge Jody Kollapen had ruled that Makate should indeed by handed over the documentation for 2008, but that the info would be subjected to a 'confidentiality regime' which prevents the inventor from passing it on to a third party.
Briefly.co.za reported that Makate and Vodacom had been at odds over the matter for two decades.
Makate had approached the courts in a bid to force CEO Shameel Joosub into disclosing financial records.
This case also saw Joosub prompted to present all documentation he had relied on when offering Makate R47 million compensation.
Makate had rejected the offer, insisting that Vodacom owes him R20 billion for his invention, a 5% stake of the R205 billion estimated revenue which he believes his service generated over an 18-year period.
The court ordered Vodacom to enter into negotiations with Makate in order to determine a reasonable payout to compensate him. Originally, Makate had sought 15% of the proceeds made from his service.
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