Vodacom receives a scolding from the Minister of Communications on the Please Call Me & # 39; settlement & # 39;


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  • Vodacom says it is resolving the request of the inventor of the Please Call Me service. Kenneth Makate disagrees.
  • Over the weekend a Gauteng MEC called for solidarity against the "bully" Vodacom.
  • When Vodacom retreated, the communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, became involved, and she did not measure her words.

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams dismissed as a claim by Vodacom, a "low-performance" telephony company, that the company finally terminated a longstanding claim against it – and told the company to "shut up" .

Vodacom said last week that it has reached a decision on the "reasonable compensation" it will pay Kenneth Makate, the inventor of his highly lucrative Please Call Me service.

Makate previously estimated that Vodacom could pay him around 10 billion rubles, while Vodacom apparently offered R10 million.

But instead of the subject disappearing, this turned into a new public perception disaster for Vodacom on Monday morning.

See also: Vodacom pays former worker for idea? Please Call Me & # 39; after covenant

"Just shut up Vodacom and do the right thing." Talk to Makate "instead of this poor propaganda blow," Ndabeni-Abrahams Communications Minister tweeted the company. "Do not talk to us until you've reached an agreement with him and his team."

Later, she apologized – if the tone of her message "offends or disturbs", and said it is next to her tweet.

Ndabeni-Abrahams was responding in a tweet post initiated by the influential appeal of Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi for solidarity with the "bully" Vodacom.

The deal negotiations between Makate and Vodacom have been strained since the Constitutional Court ruled the company must pay it, with Makate agreeing to a gag order in June.

On Friday, Makate described the settlement value determined by Vodacom – which was not disclosed – as "shocking and an insult".

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