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SABC’s Eben Jansen taken off air

An investigation is pending relating to his conduct during an interview with the EFF on colonial statues.

A screengrab of Eben Jansen interviewing EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on 'Newsroom' on 9 April 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Friday confirmed that it took one of its presenters Eben Jansen off air pending an investigation into his conduct during an interview with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on colonial statues.

Jansen received a massive backlash following the interview on Thursday.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said an investigation would start soon.

"The SABC doesn't condone what happened and we feel it was something that should have been avoided because of that a decision has been made to not schedule Mr Jansen until this matter has been dealt with by management and himself."

Calls have also been made for the SABC presenter to face an internal investigation, together with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA).

Wits journalism professor Anton Harber said the interview was a disgrace to the profession and he was considering approaching the BCCSA himself.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi attempted to answer a number of questions on colonial statues but the interview spiralled out of control when Jansen began shouting at him.

"We are not talking about apartheid, you listen. You have hijacked the student protest that wasn't even yours Mr. Ndlozi."

Harber said the interview is shocking and embarrassing to journalists.

"This is really inappropriate and uncalled for. You had an eloquent speaker making important points, the aggression of the reporter just amounted to abuse."

The professor has encouraged Ndlozi to report the interview to the BCCSA.

WATCH: Eben Jansen's interview with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi turns sour (19 minutes into the show)

This isn't the first time Jansen has landed himself in hot water - in 2002, he was fired from local television station ETV after making claims that Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson 'groped' a Cape Town woman.

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