Vodacom will not pay spurious amounts in a bid to make the Please Call Me drama disappear, the telecommunications company said on Friday amid pressure from supporters of Nkosana Makate, the Please Call Me service inventor, to pay him R70bn. Vodacom spokesperson Byron Kennedy said the company "will not pay spurious, amounts that have no bearing on reality". Vodacom has come under fire over an alleged amount of R49m it offered Makate as compensation for the Please Call Me idea, which he gave to the company while working there as a junior accountant in 2000. After the company reneged on an agreement to pay him, he approached the courts. But the matter has dragged on for over a decade. The Constitutional Court ruled in 2016 that Vodacom enter talks to pay Makate reasonable compensation. Neither Makate nor Vodacom has disclosed the compensation that Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub determined as the court-sanctioned arbiter, should negotiations deadlock as they did in December. Makate has reje...

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