Fists, water bottles & hard hats flew during Zuma’s Q&A in Parliament

Parliament has condemned ‘acts of violence’ against security staff in a chaotic sitting in the house.

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

CAPE TOWN - Parliament says it "strongly condemns" what it calls "acts of violence" against its security staff and the destruction of public property during yesterday's chaotic sitting of the National Assembly.

Fists, water bottles and hard hats flew when members of the Parliamentary Protection Services were called in to remove defiant Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament from the chamber.

EFF MPs tried to block President Jacob Zuma from answering MPs' questions in the House, saying he had been found wanting by the Constitutional Court and had yet to face any sanction from Parliament.

The president took to the podium after the EFF benches were cleared.

LISTEN: EFF members forcibly removed from Parliament.

Speaker Baleka Mbete defended her decision to call in security to deal with the EFF in line with rules that were adopted by most political parties in Parliament last year.

"To remove honourable members who were an obstacle to progress in the house."

EFF MPs put up a fight as they were hauled out of the chamber, into the corridors and out of the building.

WATCH: EFF members on the rampage at Parliament.

Their supporters in the public gallery joined the fray.

In the midst of the drama, a fire extinguisher went off and a glass door was smashed.

Parliament says it's opened a case of malicious damage to property and wants police to deal with those responsible.


EFF leader Julius Malema says his party will not allow Parliament to continue with "business as usual" while the president remains in office.

Yesterday, Malema ratcheted up his campaign against Zuma, saying his MPs are prepared to lay down their lives in defence of the Constitution.

The red berets objected to Zuma to speaking because they regard him as an illegitimate president.

EFF MPs, who were hauled out of the chamber, are automatically suspended from Parliament for five working days.

"After our suspension, when we come back, we start from where we ended."

Malema told supporters and journalists that his MPs are not afraid of suspension.

"The only thing that will bring peace here is when Zuma resigns as a sign of respect to the Constitutional Court and the Constitution itself."

He says his party won't let up in its campaign against Zuma until he leaves office.