Julius Sello Malema’s corruption case has been struck off the roll at Polokwane Magistrate Court, today.
After being initially postponed yesterday, the case proceeded on Tuesday morning.
Malema and his two co-accused, On-Point Engineering directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagiso Dichabe, had been facing charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, including fraud.
The court heard that Dichabe has been in hospital since last month.
Malema, Gwangwa and Dichabe in September 2012 had been charged with others.
They were accused of misrepresenting themselves to the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.
In court papers, it was alleged that Malema had business ties with Gwangwa and that Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.
In March 2014, corruption charges against Malema’s business associates, Selbie Manthatha, his wife, Helen Moreroa, and his brother, Makgetsi Manthatha, were dismissed.
The Judge said that he had waited too long for the trial hence it has been struck off the roll.
“They will never defeat us, even if they try all sorts of ammunition’s to silence me. We shall now meet at Parliament on Thursday and they will know us better,” charged Malema as he addressed his supporters.
Had Malema been convicted, this would have meant losing his seat in Parly.
At the time of publishing ANC had not made a comment.