PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – The Economic Freedom Fighters fought back as security men dragged them from the National Assembly on Thursday, some MPs using their trademark hard hats to hit them through the face.

As the violence erupted, President Jacob Zuma could be seen laughing. The EFF had for an hour prevented Zuma from delivering his tenth state of the nation address.

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen stood up to challenge Mbete on allowing security forces into Parliament, in a violation of the law and court orders.

“You are breaking Parliament. That man has broken South Africa and you are breaking Parliament,” Steenhuisen charged.

At this, Steenhuisen was shouted down from the ruling party benches as a “racist”.

The DA then proceeded to leave the National Assembly.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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