DRC court orders Vodacom to pay consultant

Vodacom has been ordered to pay at least USD21 million to a former consultant in DRC.

The consultant, Moto Mabanga, who worked with Vodacom in its negotiations in the DRC, had originally sued the company for a USD40.8 million "success fee". The court has awarded him USD21 million.

Vodacom, with a 51% holding in Vodacom Congo, has also been embroiled in a legal dispute with its minority partner, Congolese Wireless Networks (CWN), for around two years.

CWN, a minority partner in Vodacom DRC, took Vodacom to court over alleged unpaid fees, alleging fraud and abuse of trust. The matter is reported to be holding up attempts to sell the DRC operation.

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