Vodacom gets backlash as 'Please Call Me' inventor says he has not been paid
Vodacom has received backlash on social media after 'Please Call Me' inventor Nkosana Makate denied reports that the matter between the two parties had been settled.
According to Sunday Times, Vodacom announced it was paying “reasonable compensation” to Makate, who invented 'Please Call Me' in 2000 while he was an employee of the company.
Bloomberg reported on January 11 2019 that Vodacom spokesperson Byron Kennedy said the matter between the two parties was “finally settled and closed”.
Makate responded to the reports by clarifying that he had made no arrangement with Vodacom and that the amount the company had offered was “shocking and insulting”.
I wud like to make it very clear that there is no agreement with Vodacom. The amnt that the CEO came with is shocking & an insult. I’m taking advise 4rm my legal team on remedies. Vodacom Pays Ex-Worker for `Please Call Me' Idea After Deadlock - Bloomberg https://t.co/CFWLqoXbqF— Nkosana Makate (@makate_nkosana) January 11, 2019
Makate’s response caught the attention of many on Twitter, including Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi, who threatened to terminate his relationship with the mobile network operator.
Why did it take you so long to table the offer??? You guys are SA's biggest service provider in the tellecom industry and that simply means you making billions.#PayNkosanaMakate what he deserves and stop playing games!— Tbg Mokotedi (@Tbg_4Real) January 13, 2019
Your deadline: End of January!#NkosanaMakate pic.twitter.com/OKaV9RAjnX
Shameel Joosub CEO of Vodacom. Respect yourself. Respect the constitutional court. Nkosana Makate @MyPleaseC says he has not been paid. You and @vodacom stop running a dirty PR campaign saying the opposite. Pay him as per court ruling. You’ve already made billions. pic.twitter.com/evQ34wD15s— Muzi Kuzwayo (@MuziKuzwayo) January 12, 2019
RETWEET!!!!— NTSHIENG🇿🇦 (@Ntshieng_) January 11, 2019
It's been 3 years since the high Court ruled out that Vodacom has to pay billions to #PleaseCallMe inventor, Nkosana Makate, but arrogant Vodacom is still refusing to pay him
Now Makate is broke and literally about to be homeless. He needs our help @tumisole pic.twitter.com/oFI4VwGp1z