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Movement supports please call me inventor’s latest Vodacom court challenge

In 2016 the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom and Makate must negotiate a reasonable compensation for his invention.

FILE: Kenneth Nkosana Makate at the Constitutional Court, where he won his case against Vodacom over the 'Please Call Me' service. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Please Call Me Movement has once again pledged its support for the inventor of the Vodacom SMS service Nkosana Makate as he takes the cell phone giant back to court.

In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom and Makate must negotiate a reasonable compensation for his invention.

Earlier this year, Makate indicated that he would take Vodacom’s compensation offer on review. The offer on the table can, however, not be disclosed due to contractual reasons.

The movement’s Modise Setoaba said members would be supporting Makate when he goes back to the High Court in Pretoria to fight for his compensation.

“We’ll support him all the way and we’ll respect all the court processes. So, whatever Mr Makate is happy with, that’s what we will support.”

Vodacom indicated that it would oppose the review application.

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