Cape Town – An SABC TV news interview on SABC News (DStv 404) is raising eyebrows after The Newsroom anchor Eben Jansen became confrontational with the EFF spokesperson who was invited to the show as a guest and was then rudely dismissed.
The interview over the removal and vandalism of national statues in South Africa became confrontational when anchor Eben Jansen and EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi started sparring on live television on Thursday on the SABC's 24-hour TV news channel.
Both anchor Eben Jansen doing the interview and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi raised their voices and started talking over each other.
"Are you going to allow me to speak? Are you going to allow me to speak?" asked Ndlozi.
"I'm not going to allow you to speak anymore Mister Ndlozi because we can't have a conversation," said Jansen, cutting the invited guest off.
Viewers described the interview as "petty, childish and unprofessional", wondering why Jansen is using words like "Red Indians" and his attitude described as "embarrassing and unprofessional".
"The disrespect from the anchor towards Ndlozi is appalling," said a viewer. "You wanted him to agree to your statements, why?" said viewer Coffart Mogale. "What's the use of interviewing a person where you have already written questions and answers for that person? Please change your attitude when presenting. You push your own vendetta or SABC's and don't allow viewers to decide for themselves on contents of the interview."
Forward to 19:20m to see the confrontation:
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