The Eastern Cape High Court (Gqeberha) has rescued Dimension Data from a businessman threatening to tarnish its name and demanding more than R21bn.

Every time company lawyers wrote to Rory Pearton, he hiked his demand by 10%, and eventually, DiData and its parent company, NTT, applied for a gagging order to stop what they characterised as ‘harassment’.

The Sunday Times reports that Justice Mandela Makaula interdicted Pearton from threatening, harassing, defaming and abusing the company and its staff.

DiData and Pearton crossed swords in 2019 after a crash involving one of its cloud-based services affected the businessman and clients at his internet service provider business, iSAT.

Through his lawyers, Pearton wrote to DiData alleging gross negligence and demanded R21.1bn.

DiData denied negligence, contending that Pearton was told how to back up data but chose not to procure the service.

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