Loyiso Gola trashes Vodacom in Twitter tirade

2014-03-12 10:23
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Loyiso Gola, comedian and host of the Emmy nominated satirical weekly news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on eNCA (DStv 403) and e.tv, is as mad as hell and won't take it anymore.

The comedian lashed out in a Twitter tirade on Tuesday and trashed the South African cellular operator Vodacom for what he sees as terrible service.

Gola made his hate and disdain for Vodacom known in a series of Tweets to his 307 000 followers, venting that he feels ripped off by the cellular service provider, after his cellphone was stolen.

"So I pay Vodacom insurance every month for them to tell me I must pay R7 000 for a new iPhone," Gola wrote on Twitter.

He followed it up with an expletive laced rant against Vodacom, asking followers to join him, and with Tweets like "VODACOM IS A RIPOFF", "Been taking shit from Vodacom for a while now" and "I hate Vodacom's slow ass internet".

When Vodacom responded with "Hi Loyiso, please DM us your contact number and we'll get in touch to sort this out ASAP", Gola responded with an expletive, and telling Vodacom to go away.

He followed it up with a "Dear Vodacom, If I was not clear the first time #ihatevodacom".

Gola added: "R12 800 for an iPhone 5S. Vodacom has lost the plot".


  • Chaze Damonze - 2014-03-12 10:33

    All networks are thieves and scammers...

      Victor Cover Mkhaliphi - 2014-03-12 17:12

      Cell C is making the right noise and moves these days,I guess they may be a better option.

      Victor Cover Mkhaliphi - 2014-03-12 17:12

      Cell C is making the right noise and moves these days,I guess they may be a better option.

  • Warwick Slater - 2014-03-12 10:58

    Hahaha. Kudos to you sir, someone that Vodacom might actually listen to!

  • Compos Mentis - 2014-03-12 11:21

    Sits back and wait for the truth.

  • Des Pearce - 2014-03-12 12:50

    Vodacom does not give the price of an iPhone, Apple do. Secondly you can't replace your iPhone4 for an iPhone 5 as everybody would get their phone stolen every time a new phone came out. Vodacom could sue Loyiso for defamation, so he should tone it down. Nice to see Vodacom trying to assist a disgruntled competition, but obviously Loyiso does not want to be helped.

  • Chezlan John Varrie - 2014-03-12 13:53

    My iPhone 4 s got stolen in may last year...claim from insurance only to be told the 4s was discontinued and I have to fork out 4k for a iPhone 5...so I understand the frustration!!

  • Jeanne-Marie Grobler - 2014-03-12 14:56

    If you own an old box TV which you paid say R800 for and you are robbed and your little box TV is stolen, if you are insured, your insurance company is definitely not going to pay out an amount sufficient enough to buy a 42" HD LED Flat screen tv. You are only compensated for what you are insured for... If you drive a little mini, you can’t expect a BMW X5 as a replacement if your vehicle gets stolen... Honestly, ranting and raving and making a scene by the hopes that you will get what you want instead of what is due to you is childish!

      Theresa Vlietstra - 2014-03-13 11:29

      Jeanne-Marie: I may have missed it, but I don't see him referring to his stolen cellphone as a Stone Age Nokia. Sometimes, making a scene is necessary. Would Vodacom have tried to clear this problem up otherwise? They seem rather indifferent unless taken on on a public platform.

  • ShoSho - 2014-03-12 18:21

    Jeane-Marie, your analogy isn't quite apt here. LG paid his monthly subscription and insurance. I'm sure LG would more than likely have taken a iPhone 4 had it been available but it isn't. Why pay insurance if you still need to pay R7000 in once the insured item is lost/damaged/stolen? This is quite different to a Mr Bean Mini been upgraded to a BMW X5!

      Jeanne-Marie Grobler - 2014-03-14 10:25

      I beg to differ...He was insured for an iPhone 4 - lets say the value was R7000. Now the phone needs to be replaced, so either Vodacom should give him another iPhone 4 (which has been discontinued by Apple) or they should give him the R7000 cash and then he can buy whatever phone he wants. The fact that iPhone 4 is no longer available, is not the cellular provider's fault, but the manufacturer who discontinued the line. Exactly the same with house contents, if you are insured for an LG 32" HD Ready TV to the value of R3200 and LG no longer make HD Ready but only Full HD, is it really your insurance company's fault that you now have to pay R2000 more for a Full HD tv because LG discontinued the range?? I fully understand that the price difference between the 4 and the 5 is huge, but you can't be compensated for something you did not have... Just my opinion...

  • Pieter Joost Oostdam - 2014-03-12 19:56

    He is right, I was robbed and lost almost everything, my insurance either paid for a replacement or paid out the amount it was insured for on all my items all I had to pay was access. So he must claim either another 4 or above or they must pay him cash. ( the value of the phone on date of purchase)

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