Punches have been thrown in South Africa's parliament as radical MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma who was called a "thief" and was said not fit to hold office.

The Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party had repeatedly interrupted the state-of-the-nation speech before the riot errupted.

Before they were ejected Speaker Baleka Mbete told the EFF, who were all dressed in red workers’ overalls and berets: “We have been patient with you, we have been trying to give you an opportunity to express yourselves but… it is being abused”.