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Parliament must be respected by all, says Radebe

The minister in the presidency has expressed concern over recent clashes in the National Assembly.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.  Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has expressed its concern about the chaotic scenes that have unfolded in Parliament, most recently during President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session last Tuesday.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) fought back when parliamentary security officers bundled them out of the National Assembly chamber and a glass door was smashed when a fire extinguisher was hurled at it.

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

Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Cabinet's meeting on Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says Parliament should be respected by everyone.

Radebe says what's concerning Cabinet is the increase in the frequency and the intensity of the disruptions of sittings of the National Assembly.

"Parliament is an institution of our hard-fought democracy and a public platform which must be respected by all."

Radebe would not be drawn on accusations by opposition parties that the root of the problem lies with the lack of action in the wake of the Constitutional Court's damning judgment on the Nkandla matter.

It found both the President and the National Assembly had flouted the supreme law of the land.

Radebe says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of Government Business in Parliament, will spell out Cabinet's views on the disruptions in a media statement.

Parliament goes into recess tomorrow until after the local government elections in August.

WATCH: EFF members on the rampage at Parliament.

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