Nhleko reveals who called riot police to Parly

Nkosinathi Nhleko revealed sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi wasted no time over her decision.

A screengrab of the parliamentary chaos which erupted on 13 November 2014. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says the National Assembly's sergeant-at-arms summoned the police who entered the chamber in riot gear last month.

Nhleko revealed that Regina Mohlomi, the country's first female sergeant-at-arms, wasted no time over her decision.

In a move that sparked outrage, police removed Economic Freedom Fighters Member of Parliament (MP), Reneilwe Mashabela.

Mashabela called President Jacob Zuma a thief and a known criminal who avoids courts and refuses to go to Parliament.

In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, Nhleko revealed that Mohlomi asked for police back up at 10:45pm on 13 November.

Nhleko said authorisation was granted just four minutes later.

Dressed in riot gear, police entered the chamber and tried to remove Mashabela.

Mashabela had refused repeated requests by house chairperson Cedric Frolick to withdraw her statements that Zuma was a thief and a criminal.

Opposition MPs tried to defend Mashabela and a number were injured in the ensuing scuffles with police.

The fracas led to proceedings being abruptly suspended.

Nhleko also reveals there were no less than 175 police officers at Parliament that day, 10 of them from the public order policing unit.