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Please Call Me Movement to chart way forward after Vodaworld picket

Supporters will now continue mobilising South Africans to boycott Vodacom products after the cellphone giant missed a deadline set by organisers to compensate Nkosana Makate.

A group of supporters at Vodaworld in support of 'Please call me' inventor Nkosana Makate's. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Please Call Me Movement supporters has dispersed after staging a picket outside Vodaworld headquarters in Midrand.

Supporters will now continue mobilising South Africans to boycott Vodacom products after the cellphone giant missed a deadline set by organisers to compensate Nkosana Makate.

Makate came up with the concept when he was still a Vodacom employee in 2000.

The African National Congress’ (ANC) Benson Motsumi says: “We are going to ask our people to disperse. The committee will meet and plan the way forward. Those plans will include asking people to cancel Vodacom contracts.”

WATCH: Lesufi urges public to boycott Vodacom

‘MISGUIDED’

Vodacom says it will now wait for Makate’s next move as he takes his case under judicial review for compensation.

In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the two parties agree on a reasonable amount to pay Makate for his invention.

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub then decided on an undisclosed settlement figure when the parties deadlocked but Makate has rejected it.

Vodacom and Makate are set to square off in court again with Makate hoping to take the company’s offer, which he says is an insult on judicial review.

The company's Nkateko Nyoka says the Please Call Me Movement is being misguided.

“Vodacom has always been willing to compensate Mr Makate.”

The telecommunications giant is adamant it has abided by the Constitutional Court’s order and is not in the wrong.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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