Please Call Me Funders Seek Share Of ‘R49 Million’ Vodacom Payout

“There is nothing that can be offered to them,” said Makate, adding that there is no talk of settling with his funders.

Nkosana Makate, the inventor of Vodacom’s Please Call Me service
Nkosana Makate, the inventor of Vodacom’s Please Call Me service

The Please Call Me row parties just won’t hang up, according to the Sunday Times report.

A group which funded Nkosana Makate, the inventor of Vodacom’s Please Call Me service, the initial legal case against Vodacom is planning to launch an application to remove the arbitrator who is overseeing an important aspect of the case, according to Sunday Times.

The group is known as Raining Men Trade.

The report states that the arbitration – which was set for June – will deal with Makate’s agreement with the group.

“We’re looking at long-haul litigation still. It will be long before we get to the arbitration,” said a Raining Men Trade representative.

There is a 2016 court order which states the funders are “entitled to half of Makate’s award”, the group told Sunday Times.

Advocate Andrew Mabena is the arbitrator in the matter of whether Makate’s “financiers” are entitled to a share of his Vodacom payout.

“There is nothing that can be offered to them,” said Makate, adding that there is no talk of settling with his funders.

In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom must pay Makate as the inventor of the “Please Call Me” service, and that if negotiations failed, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub must determine a “reasonable amount”, MoneyWeb reported at the time.

The battle has been drawn for more than 10 years and the settlement negotiations have still not yielded any positive results.

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