Please Call Me inventor in another legal spat
Nkosana Makate’s drawn-out efforts to be financially compensated for inventing the Please Call Me concept have led to another clash with lawyers, according to a Moneyweb report. This time, Makate is not fighting telecommunications giant Vodacom, to whom he gave the Please Call Me idea in 2001 when he was a trainee accountant at the firm, but the lawyers and investors who funded his litigation against the company.
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is due to hear an urgent application launched by Thomas Samons, business rescue practitioner of Raining Men Trade, the former funder of Makate’s lawsuit against Vodacom.
Raining Men Trade wants a 50% share of any compensation Makate might be awarded by Vodacom on the basis that its director, Chris Schoeman, entered into a written agreement with Makate in November 2011 to bankroll his litigation costs.
Makate has rejected this, saying the funding agreement was cancelled in January 2014 after his Please Call Me case initially failed at the High Court and discovery that his signature on the agreement was allegedly forged by Schoeman.
After Makate successfully appealed and won his case against Vodacom at the Constitutional Court in 2016, Raining Men Trade and Schoeman claimed that the agreement held.
A legal dispute ensued on the validity of the agreement resulting in a High Court judgment that referred Makate’s legal team, Schoeman and Raining Men Trade, to an arbitration process presided over by Advocate Michael Mabena. Samons has filed papers for an urgent interdict to block Mabena from starting arbitration proceedings.
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