Riot police sent into National Assembly

Chaos erupted when Julius Malema demanded that Zuma repay the money spent on Nkandla.

Police with riot shields arrive at the National Assembly on 21 August 2014. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has adjourned today's sitting after fiery exchanges over the Nkandla scandal that led to President Jacob Zuma leaving the chamber and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) refusing to vacate their seats.

Riot police were sent in to the National Assembly to remove the EFF.

The microphones and cameras in the National Assembly were switched off as the police try to remove EFF members who refused to vacate the chamber.

There were scuffles at the doors of the National Assembly where EFF MPs held their ground after being ordered to leave the house by Mbete.

ANC members tried to push through the doors and shouted Phuma! [Get out!] and scuffled with police.

Earlier, chaotic scenes played when EFF leader Julius Malema asked Zuma "when he'll pay back the money spent on Nkandla."

Zuma responded by saying the Nkandla issue had been dealt with.

Unimpressed with the president's response, Malema and fellow red berets began chanting "pay back the money".

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu and the speaker then locked horns.

Mbete then threatened to throw the EFF MPs out of the house, but they refused to budge.

The speaker then suspended proceedings to allow for the removal of the EFF members.

She told the house that South Africans know the president was present today to fulfil his duty.