Fists fly as EFF MPs are forcibly removed from Parly... again

Fists flew as EFF MPs put up a fight when they were pushed and shoved to the door by bouncers.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is forcefully removed from the National Assembly along with other party members on 17 May 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) have once again been forcibly removed from the National Assembly chamber.

Parliament has seen more drama this afternoon as President Jacob Zuma answers questions in the House.

#ZumaQandA In come the bouncers, missiles and fists fly as EFF MPs put up a fight as they're pushed & shoved to the door GD

Speaker Baleka Mbete called in the Parliament's security officers after EFF leader Julius Malema and fellow MPs insisted that Zuma should not be allowed to speak because he had violated the Constitution and needed to be disciplined.

In a virtual replay of their forcible removal during the Presidency's budget vote debate on 4 May, a squad of protection officers moved in on EFF MPs, who threw water bottles and hard hats before being driven out of the House, while putting up a fierce fight.

Malema was among those shouting, "Zuma is the one who must go."

#EFF supporters rush down from the public gallery AH

They argued that there was no basis for their removal.

"We have done nothing wrong, the first person who has done something wrong is the one who has broken an oath of office," EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

#ZumaQandA Malema:Serjeant at Arms must tell Zuma to go. GD

#Zuma heckling and shouting across the room. All EFF MPs on their feet. RE

#ZumaQandA Malema:Person who must leave this House is Zuma. You can kill us we not scared of any thing. GD

Paramedics were called in and one MP was wheeled out on a stretcher.

It's not yet clear who was injured or to what extent.

In the corridors outside the chamber the fight continued; people were shouting and scuffling, doors were slamming and Malema and Floyd Shivambu grabbed a pole to try and fend off security officers.

At one point a fire extinguisher set off, issuing a plume of white smoke, while a glass door leading into one of the Parliament entrances was smashed.

Inside the House, Zuma began answering questions without making any comment on the mayhem that had just unfolded.

Once outside, Malema told reporters and supporters that the EFF was prepared to meet violence with violence - strong words from a politician who once swore he was prepared to die for Zuma.

Today's sitting comes in the wake of the Western Cape High Court dismissing an application from the EFF, which wanted Speaker Baleka Mbete interdicted from unlawfully physically ejecting any EFF member from the chamber.

During the Presidency budget vote earlier this month, 16 EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) were forcibly removed after trying to prevent the president from speaking.