eNCA and Andrew Barnes apologise for Motshekga comment

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Senior anchor Andrew Barnes remarked on the Basic Education Ministers, Angie Motshekga, pronunciation of the word epitome. eNCA News Director Mapi Mhlangu says the channel is following due labour practice on the matter.

JOHANNESBURG - A controversial comment by an eNCA anchor has drawn a strong reaction on social media.

Senior anchor Andrew Barnes remarked on the Basic Education Minister’s pronunciation.

eNCA News Director Mapi Mhlangu says the channel is following due labour practice.

"His comments were not only hurtful and unnecessary but deeply insensitive. eNCA apologises for his comments," Mhlangu said. 

Barnes has been taken off air. 

He also issued an apology on Thursday. 

"I made fun of the Education Minister’s pronunciation of the word epitome.  I realise now that caused a lot of hurt and offense because ultimately it was unfair and insensitive. To those at home and Minister Motshekga, I’m sorry," he said.

Watch both apologies in the gallery above.