Tensions flare between EFF & ANC in Parliament

Parliament was brought to the brink of fresh chaos during a tense stand-off between the EFF & ANC.

Julius Malema shouts at Blade Nzimande in Parliament on 18 February 2015 during day 2 of the Sona debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament was brought to the brink of fresh chaos on Wednesday night, during a tense stand-off between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) accused Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande of threatening them with more violence of the kind they experienced when they were hauled out of the National Assembly by armed police on Thursday.

WATCH: EFF leader Julius Malema dragged from Parliament

The clash came at the end of the second day of fractious debate on President Jacob Zuma' State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Nzimande accused the EFF and Democratic Alliance (DA) of being in an alliance against what he termed majority rule, an alliance he claimed sections of the media were part of.

He issued a blunt warning to the EFF: "As the ANC, we fully we support the action taken by the presiding officers on Thursday. If what led you to take that action happens again, please you must do it again and it must be done both inside and outside this house."

Nzimande then dished out some revolutionary advice: "Do not start a journey which you do not know where it may end."

This provoked a furious response from EFF leader Julius Malema.

"We are not scared of Blade, neither are we scared of President Zuma's administration nor are we scared of the ANC. There's nothing we are scared of. We will not be threatened by Blade. We will finish this."

The president is set to reply to the debate this afternoon.