Now, in court papers, Vodacom's chief human resources officer, Matimba Mbungela, argues that Makate breached their confidentiality agreement by granting interviews to the media.
"Immediately prior to the commencement of the face-to-face negotiations, the applicant's legal representatives advised the respondent's legal representatives that the applicant was of the view that the negotiations ought to be conducted on a strictly confidential basis," Mbungela stated.
He accused Makate of having "imparted confidential information relating to the negotiations", including in a Sowetan article last month in which a R10-million offered to him by Vodacom was disclosed.
"The manner in which the respondent discussed the applicant's offer of R10-million was designed to create support for the notion it was a wholly inadequate and contemptible offer," Mbungela argued.
In his responding papers Makate undertook to respect the confidentiality agreement.
"I, however, have no control over what the media can obtain from other processes and also not over information which is in the public domain," Makate stated.