The amount Makate is asking for is irrational and preposterous - Vodacom

The battle between the man who says he came up with the Please Call Me idea for mobile communications company Vodacom while he was working for the company, continues.

Vodacom has come under fire for the manner in which it has handled Nkosana Makate's demands to be compensated for the idea.

Vodacom and Makate are currently at loggerheads about the settlement figure.

The mobile operator has also claimed Please Call Me is not an original idea and was first spawned by MTN.

Vodacom's head of legal and regulatory affairs, Nkateko Nyoka says if Vodacom was to pay Makate the amount he is asking for the company will have to close shop tomorrow.

Read: Vodacom: CEO must determine reasonable compensation if negotiations fail

Vodacom South Africa service revenue for the year that ended March 2018 was R54 billion and he is asking for R70 billion, That would mean Vodacom group will basically have to close shop as in tomorrow.

Nkateko Nyoka, Head of legal and regulatory affairs - Vodacom

That amount is irrational, preposterous and not informed by the reality.

Nkateko Nyoka, Head of legal and regulatory affairs - Vodacom

All Makate brought to Vodacom was a simple idea. He did not provide any technical input nor did he provide any capital outlet. He didn't take any risk that is associated with someone who has conceptualised it.

Nkateko Nyoka, Head of legal and regulatory affairs - Vodacom

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