'Ordinary people need institutional backing to liken Makate's Vodacom victory'

'Please Call Me' inventor, Nkosana Makate's Constitutional Court victory after an 8-year legal battle with Vodacom, has highlighted the complexities of legal matters.

Makate has insisted that he approached Vodacom with the idea of the Please Call Me service, and demanded compensation for it.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to founder of ProBonoMatters, Sibonelo Radebe, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Estimations are that Oscar's legal bills were at R30 million. If you apply that with Nkosana's matter, which lasted for about seven years, his legal bill would have been more than R30 million.

Sibonelo Radebe, ProBonoMatter founders

It's only a very few people would be able to sustain this in the way that Nkosana has been able to sustain the matter.

Sibonelo Radebe, ProBonoMatters founder

We are using this case to drive the point to the South African justice system that we actually need to do something for the common man to access the system.

Sibonelo Radebe, ProBonoMatters founder

Makate is seeking 15% on every Rand of Vodacom's revenue from the popular cellphone networks' service.

It so happens that so many of the matters that people want to take to court, might not need to go to court.

Sibonelo Radebe, ProBonoMatters founder

We want to create a culture whereby we can back up ordinary people with institutional power to sustain their cases, right up to the Constitutional Court if needs be.

Sibonelo Radebe, ProBonoMatters founder

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