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ANC convinced EFF will return to Parliament armed

EFF’s Floyd Shivambu said the party would return armed, though he did not clarify what he meant.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses members of the media on the Parliamentary steps after the EFF was thrown out of the State of the Nation Address. Picture:Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says Parliament should brace itself for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members returning to the house with arms and should ensure it's ready to defend the institution using its rules.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu told journalists after President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday last week that next time his party would return to the house, they would be armed, though he did not clarify what he meant.

Chaos erupted during Zuma's address, with fight breaking out between plain clothed police officers and EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) refusing to leave the house.

EFF members were forcibly removed after interrupting the president, wanting to know when he will 'pay back the money' in reference to Nkandla.

WATCH: EFF leader Julius Malema dragged from Parliament

The ANC says it does not consider Shivambu's remark to be an idle threat.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa says, "You can't discount when people say we'll come back armed and think that they will not do so. I think Parliament itself must take those threats quite seriously and gear up and prepare itself for an eventuality when people come armed in Parliament. Clearly we don't know what armed means, but I think Parliament must prepare itself within the context of its rules."

Parliament has also been called on to explain whether pictures of four EFF MPs were used for target practice by security personnel ahead of Sona.

The City Press has reported that pictures of four EFF MPs were used during training for the 'white shirted security personnel' who ejected them from Parliament.

The paper says photos of Malema and MP Reneilwe Mashabela, who was hospitalised, were among those used.

The police have declined to comment.

Meanwhile at the weekend, the Daily Maverick identified Public Order Policing officer Walter Prins as playing a leading role in ejecting the EFF MPs after he boasted on Facebook that he was 'on a hunt for Juju'.