Julius Malema, the leader of South Africa’s second-biggest opposition party, said he feels vindicated after fraud charges against him were struck off the court roll.
Judge George Mothle dismissed the case on Tuesday in Polokwane, north of the capital, Pretoria, after repeated postponements. The state can resubmit the charges, Mothle said in his ruling.
The case was politically motivated, Malema told reporters outside the court, according to footage broadcast by eNCA. “If they want to bring it, let them bring it afresh, I’m not scared of them,” he said, as his supporters cheered.
Malema started the Economic Freedom Fighters party after being expelled from the ruling African National Congress.