Vodacom has said negotiations between Please Call Me “inventor” Nkosana Makate and the company to determine reasonable compensation are ongoing.
This follows a Constitutional Court ruling in April which found Vodacom was bound by an agreement with Makate to compensate him.
The Constitutional Court ordered Vodacom to negotiate with Makate “in good faith” to determine “reasonable compensation” for his idea. At the time, Vodacom was given one month to do so.
Makate told the Sunday Times he wants 15c of every rand the Please Call Me service has generated in revenue.
The City Press reported that Makate’s team estimated the compensation amount to be around R10 billion.
However, some have suggested the settlement may be significantly lower than the media reports suggest.
The matter has been dragging on, with an alleged dispute between Makate and the company which assisted in financially backing his eight-year legal battle against Vodacom, Stirling Rand, complicating matters.
The Mail & Guardian reported that Sterling Rand has asked Vodacom to “withhold at least 50% of any settlement”.
This is because it is concerned Makate and his lawyers, Stemela & Lubbe, will agree to a deal that excludes Sterling Rand.
Despite these issues, Vodacom said it is fully committed to conducting the negotiations in good faith and concluding them as soon as possible.