Due to the long standing battle last year people marched to the company demanding that Makate be paid. The protesters were armed with placards that read: "Vodacom pay Makate", "Vodacom stop racism" whilst chanting struggle songs. They were supported by motorists who hooted and raised their fists in the air.
Makate took Vodacom to court claiming credit and financial compensation for the Please Call Me service that he had conceptualised whilst he worked in the finance division of Vodacom.
The payment negotiations have failed to yield any results after two years of negotiating following a Constitutional Court ruling in Makate’s favour.
In the past, the network provider had gone to court in an effort to stop Makate from discussing the negotiations in public.