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DA: Alleged plans to fortify Parly unnecessary, costly

It’s reported among the mooted plans are full body scanners and a drop down bullet proof glass panel.

Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the reported plans to further fortify Parliament as unnecessary and costly.

The City Press is reporting among the plans being mooted are the erection of a perimetre fence around Parliament, along with full body scanners at all entrances and a drop down bullet proof glass panel around the public galleries in the National Assembly.

It's understood these new measures were proposed at a meeting with Speaker Baleka Mbete earlier this week.

The proposals follow security breaches in May when Economic Freedom Fighters Members of Parliament were removed from the National Assembly chamber during a question and answer session with President Jacob Zuma.

The DA's Louw Nel says the public institution should not become inaccessible to the public.

"In an essence we believe some of the proposals put forward are unnecessary and extremely costly. But besides the cost implications, it does seem rather unnecessary."

Nel has further questioned the need for bullet proof glass around the public galleries, saying most of the recent disruptions in the house did not involve members of the public.

The African National Congress has reportedly said it won't support any action that seeks to separate the public from its representatives.

Parliament is expected to comment on the matter later today.