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'We're prepared to meet violence with violence'

The EFF says Parliament cannot continue as if it's 'business as usual' and insist Zuma should be disciplined.

EFF MPs were is forcefully removed from the National Assembly on 17 May 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has warned his party is prepared to meet violence with violence.

Scuffles broke out inside and outside the National Assembly chamber as Malema and his fellow EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) fought back against members of Parliament's Protection Services as they were being physically removed from the House.

Once the EFF benches were clear, Zuma took to the podium and started answering questions, making no mention of the mayhem that had just unfolded.

There was fierce resistance from Malema and his 'red berets'.

They threw water bottles and hard hats as members of the Parliamentary Protection Services approached their benches to remove them from the Chamber on Speaker Baleka Mbete's orders.

WATCH: Fists fly as EFF are removed from Parliament

Outside in the corridors, they continued to fight back.

A fire extinguisher was set off, a pole was used to fend off security officers and a glass door was smashed.

Outside, Malema told journalists and supporters his party has taken a principled stand to defend the Constitution and the country's highest court.

"You will thank us once we restore the dignity of this Parliament by removing Zuma."

The EFF see Zuma as an illegitimate president after violating the Constitution in his handling of the Nkandla spending scandal.

They say Parliament cannot continue as if it's 'business as usual' and insist Zuma should be disciplined.