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Nkosana Makate has hit out at Vodacom for portraying him as “greedy and unreasonable” after the company said it had been generous in its compensation offer to him.
Vodacom's head of legal and regulatory Nkateko Nyoka said that the mobile operator is keeping its options open when it comes to pursuing legal measures against the Please Call Me movement and others.
The protests outside Vodacom’s head office are the latest twist in a story that spans 19 years, involving multiple court challenges, millions of rands in claims and high profile politicians coming out to bat for Please Call Me inventor Nkosana Makate.
ANC Gauteng deputy chairperson Panyaza Lesufi is talking to the minister of finance about government's transversal contracts with Vodacom.
Vodacom has asserted that its group CEO Shameel Joosub was not conflicted when he made a final offer of compensation to a former employee who proposed the Please Call Me service.
Vodacom said it is committed to paying reasonable compensation to the Please Call me inventor Nkosane Makate and the possibility of amending its offer "does not exist".
The roughly 200 protesters who congregated outside Vodacom’s closed head offices in Midrand to show their support for Please Call Me Inventor Nkosana Makate have started to disperse.
Vodacom is paying out 'reasonable compensation' to a former employee of the South African mobile-network operator for his idea to develop a popular call-back service.
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