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South African opposition lawmakers disrupt president's speech over spending scandal

  • South African President Jacob Zuma, center,  at Parliament during the official opening session in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam,Pool)

    South African President Jacob Zuma, center, at Parliament during the official opening session in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam,Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African President Jacob Zuma, centre podium, at Parliament during the official opening session in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)

    South African President Jacob Zuma, centre podium, at Parliament during the official opening session in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African leader of the Democratic Alliance, DA, Helen Zille, walks toward the entrance of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)

    South African leader of the Democratic Alliance, DA, Helen Zille, walks toward the entrance of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address after the opening session of the South African Parliament. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Opposition lawmakers have interrupted South African President Jacob Zuma during an annual address to parliament, saying he should answer questions about a scandal over more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.

Zuma began his state-of-the-nation speech Thursday evening, but several opposition lawmakers rose to their feet to protest the president's purported failure to provide answers about the spending at his Nkandla residence.

Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, says Zuma should refund the money to the state.

Zuma has denied any wrongdoing, saying government security officials controlled the spending project.

Earlier, the start of Zuma's speech was delayed because of opposition allegations that the cell phone signal in the parliament had been jammed. The signal was later restored.