According to a statement released by Parliament, “when the “FF MPs refused to leave the chamber, the Speaker called upon the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove them in terms of rule 53A(1). The members continued to refuse to leave the chamber after the intervention of the Sergeant-at-Arms. The Presiding officer then called upon the Parliamentary Protection Services to assist in removing the members in terms of Rule 53A(2).”

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The statement also says following the removal of the members from the House, “a crowd of members of the public from the gallery forced their way through the corridors. Thereafter, violent scenes ensued, resulting in incidents of assault on Protection Services staff and damage to property