South Africa’s communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Monday that Vodacom should “just shut up” and pay the Please Call Me Inventor, Nkosana Makate.
The minister took to Twitter on Monday morning to lambast Vodacom for poor public relations stunts regarding the settlement of Makate.
In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom must pay Makate as the inventor of the Please Call Me service and that if negotiations failed, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub must determine a “reasonable amount”, MoneyWeb reported at the time.
On Monday, Ndabeni Abrahams tweeted:
Just shut up Vodacom and do the right thing “Talk to Makate” instead of this poor PR stunt. Don’t talk to us until you have reached a settlement with him and his team.
— Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (@Stellarated) January 14, 2019
Her tweet was a response to a Vodacom reply on Twitter to a tweet from Panyaza Lesufi. Gauteng education, tweet on Saturday
On Saturday, EWN reported that Makate has denied claims by telecommunications giant Vodacom that they’ve granted him a reasonable payout for his invention.
Makate alleges that Vodacom stole the idea from him while he was an employee of the company.
The battle has been drawn for more than 10 years and the settlement negotiations have still not yielded any positive results.