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'SABC’s Eben Jansen must take responsibility'

The SABC says Jansen is not yet facing a disciplinary hearing, but management wants to speak to him.

Screengrab of SABC’s Eben Jansen interviewing EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on Newsroom, 9 April 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is demanding an explanation from presenter Eben Jansen for his conduct during an interview with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and has decided to take him off-air for now.

Journalists, viewers and academics have reacted with outrage following the interview he conducted with party spokesperson Mbuyeseni Ndlozi regarding colonial statues.

The SABC's Kaizer Kganyago says Eben Jansen is not yet facing a disciplinary hearing but management wants to speak to him.

"We have made it clear from the word go that we do not condone what happened, it was not professional and he has to explain."

Wits journalism professor Anton Harber says Jansen must take responsibility for his conduct.

"It was embarrassing to any journalist. He was overly aggressive and he showed his own ignorance. It was just totally inappropriate behaviour."

Calls have also been made to take the matter to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa.

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