His former agent, Picturenet Africa Ltd, has since joined the action as the second plaintiff and is claiming R2.2bn.
The action was initially instituted by Harris against the Ministry of Communications, as well as the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS).
Harris’ s lawyer, Andrew Boerner, said the actual amount claimed still had to be finally assessed after consultation with experts. But the amounts above are at this stage reflected in the papers before the court.
Harris said in his papers that on January 8, 1999, at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the official presidential residence in Pretoria, he took a posed picture of the then president Mandela. He said the picture constituted his original artwork as contemplated in the Copyright Act, and he was the owner of the picture.