Vodacom is prolonging ‘Please Call Me’ court case: Makate

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The inventor of the ‘Please Call Me’ service, Nkosana Makate, says the cellular network giant Vodacom Group’s decision to take its fight to the Constitutional Court is prolonging a matter which should have been resolved by now.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ordered Vodacom to make a new offer to Makate.

The court declared Vodacom’s previous R47 Million offer invalid and ordered that the new offer be made within 30 days.

Makate, who is a former Vodacom employee, has been at loggerheads with the company for almost two decades.

He says, “Their strategy is very clear, it has been to out-litigate me throughout the courts and take me to court. Vodacom would not even agree to the smallest of things. The negotiations themselves with Vodacom were a big joke.”

Makate says, “If you look at the judgment that I’ve got from various judges now, you go back to the CC (Constitutional Court). (Justice Chris) Jafta complains about ethics. You go to (SCA Justice Wendy) Hughes, ethics is an issue. It was ethical issues that they were talking about.”

“Justice (Aubrey) Ledwaba, last year issued a judgment that was long-standing. He also complains about the frustration of court orders by this corporate giant. I mean it looks like it’s a pattern that they have chosen to adopt and they are willing to die with it,” He adds.

VIDEO: Full interview with Makate: