The AppChat founder and chief executive officer has also been granted leave to appeal a finding against him by the High Court of North Gauteng, despite an earlier rejection of an application to appeal.
Last August the High Court ruled against Holdsworth in a case initiated by Reunert - the new owner of Nashua ECN - under which Reunert claimed Nashua was finalising a voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) at the time of Holdsworth’s resignation, the idea for which Holdsworth essentially stole and hopes to launch as AppChat.
Reunert accused Holdsworth of “corporate sabotage”.
Holdsworth on the other hand has maintained that no such plans were in place to the best of his knowledge, and has claimed Reunert wants to hinder AppChat’s launch in order to “prevent fair competition and entrench itself in the market”.
The Court found in favour of Reunert, and in October rejected Holdsworth’s application for leave to appeal the decision.
The new evidence has reignited the battle and led the Court to grant the appeal.
“Documentary evidence came into my possession from a whistle blower within Nashua ECN that proves that Reunert misled the court. The evidence proves that, contrary to its founding and replying affidavits, Reunert had not budgeted either for income or expenditure on its alleged mobile VoIP application and did not have any intention of developing a mobile VoIP application or launching a mobile VoIP service,” states Holdsworth’s affidavit.
“It would appear that this version was concocted for purposes of the application. I am aware that the allegations I am making are of a serious nature. I do not make these allegations lightly. I say that Reunert has committed a fraud on the court and on AppChat.”