EFF: Why were Zuma’s bodyguards allowed into National Assembly?

On Tuesday, fists, water bottles & hard hats flew as EFF MPs got physical with Parliament’s bouncers.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has questioned why President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards were allowed into the National Assembly chamber when a brawl broke out on Tuesday.

WATCH:_ Fists fly as EFF MPs are removed from Parliament._

Parliament is being asked to investigate whether EFF leader Julius Malema's hired muscle had entered the House to protect him during a scuffle with parliamentary security staff.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) alleges two bodyguards posed as members of the Parliamentary Protection Services.

The African National Congress (ANC) has made a similar claim.

The red berets had been trying to block Zuma from answering MPs questions, when they were physically removed by Parliament's bouncers on Speaker Baleka Mbete's orders.

WATCH: EFF members on the rampage at Parliament.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wanted to know how Malema's hired muscle allegedly breached security.

"We have since requested Parliament to do a thorough investigation on this security breach."

But he says it's not his place to say how Zuma's bodyguards should respond in the event of a brawl in the House.

"I'm also not an expert on that issue and therefore can't answer that question."

The EFF says Zuma is bound by the same rules as MPs when he is in Parliament, so his bodyguards can't be active in the House.