A South African judge struck the corruption case against fiery opposition politician and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema off the roll yesterday, saying the firebrand leader had waited too long for the trial.
The judge said Malema and his co-accused had already waited too long to answer to the charges. This came after the prosecution on Monday sought a postponement because one of the accused was ill.
“No postponement! Justice delayed is justice denied!‚” the EFF Official Account @EconFreedomZA had tweeted earlier today.
“The judge says I am free . . . I know the state can reinstate charges‚ but I stand before all of you an innocent man without a judgment against my head‚” Malema said outside court today‚ claiming the charges were an attempt to silence him. “They do not have a case against me.”
Malema on Monday told his supporters that he wanted the trial to get under way.
“This dark cloud has to be resolved. And therefore any form of sickness or death or any other material condition should never prevent me from having my day in court. I plead with the judge and the national prosecuting authority. You have accused me for too long‚ let me have my day in court‚” he said to loud cheers. — Agencies.