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Walter Prins identified as officer who manhandled Malema

Captain Walter Prins is seen in a high resolution photo showing his security pass at Sona.

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema (C), and members of his party, wearing red uniforms, clash with security forces, Captain Walter Prins is seen in the black suit manhandling Malema, during South African President's State of the Nation address in Cape Town on February 12, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Daily Maverick has identified a public order police officer as playing a leading role in ejecting Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs and their leader Julius Malema from the National Assembly during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week.

Captain Walter Prins is seen in a high resolution photo showing his security pass stating he is part of the South African Police Service.

Parliament has come under fire for the tactics used to remove the EFF MPs after they interrupted President Jacob Zuma asking him when he would pay back the money spent on his Nkandla home.

The public order police officer was identified as the man wearing a black Hugo Boss suit jacket with a security pass designating him as part of a high risk detail.

Walter Prins has boasted on Facebook that he was on the "hunt for juju in the once hallowed halls of Parliament".

The Daily Maverick reports his Facebook page raises questions about whether he and the Cape Town public order police service were given a blanket mandate to target Malema.

Just nine days after the riot police were called into Parliament for the first time last year, the officer encouraged his platoon on Facebook that they would be back in Parliament for "old Julius".

More questions are being asked about the tactics used to forcefully remove the EFF MPs after the City Press reported that the security personnel had used pictures of at least four EFF members as target practice in the lead up to the opening of Parliament.

A tense standoff between Baleka Mbete and Malema ended in a scuffle with the security personnel leaving a number of EFF MPs injured, one of which is still in hospital.

Parliament has yet to respond to the allegations.

Questions have also been raised around the punching of female EFF MPs during the scuffle in Parliament, including Reneiloe Mashabela, who emerged with a swollen, bleeding face.

Twitter was abuzz with comments from gender rights activists and shocked citizens alike.

"Reneilwe Mashabela was held by not less than seven men. One of them was beating her on the face with a shoe," Malema claimed.