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Proposed safety plans for Parliament questioned

Questions have been raised about draconian measures to safeguard Parliament.

The glass doors leading to Poorthuis were extensively damaged by EFF supporters using a fire extinguisher and other missiles after the party's MPs were removed from Parliament. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised about draconian measures to safeguard Parliament which include bulletproof glass to separate the public from Members of Parliament (MPs).

The erection of a perimeter fence around Parliament, full body scanners at all entrances, and a drop down bulletproof glass panel around the public galleries in the National Assembly, are the plans being mooted, according to the City Press.

It's the latest twist in a broader move to bolster security in and around Parliament.

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

The proposals come in the wake of security breaches in May, when Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were removed from the National Assembly chamber during a question session with President Jacob Zuma.

Parliamentary officials have not been drawn on concerns around the measures, however, the African National Congress says it won't support any action that seeks to separate the public from its representatives.

WATCH: _Chaos in Parly as EFF MPs are ejected from National Assembly _

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