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Parliament reviews security capacity after Zuma Q&A brawl

Malema’s private security allegedly entered the chamber to protect him when EFF members were removed.

FILE: 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 has been forced to re-examine its capacity to keep Members of Parliament (MPs) safe after it was found wanting during a serious security breach last month.

The administration says it has "reviewed its security capacity" following a brawl in the precinct, and allegations of unauthorised entry into the National Assembly chamber on the day President Jacob Zuma answered questions in the House.

Julius Malema's private security allegedly entered the chamber to protect him when white-shirted parliamentary protection officers physically removed Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) MPs, who had refused to allow Zuma to speak.

Parliament has since scanned the footage, and a report will go to the police.

WATCH: Fists fly as EFF MPs are removed from Parliament

Parliament spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says the culprits responsible for damaging property, allegedly illegally entering the chamber and assaulting staff, have been identified.

Jacobs says, the internal investigation has found no staff members are in the wrong.

"We do not have any information at present which suggests that any official or officials might have been culpable in this regard."

However, Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says the Secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana, must shoulder the blame for not ensuring parliamentary security officials were properly identified on the day.

"A stranger, who we don't even known whether they were armed or unarmed, made their way amongst MPs on to the floor of Parliament and involved themselves in a fist fight on the floor. This is a serious breach of security protocol and policy. And it's astounding that no one is held accountable."

The African National Congress (ANC), meanwhile, wants police to conclude its probe as soon as possible.

Spokesperson for the ANC in Parliament, Moloto Mothapo, says those responsible for damaging parliamentary property and illegally entering the chamber should be criminally charged.

The EFF was unavailable for comment.

The party had previously questioned why the President's own bodyguards were allowed into the chamber during the brawl.