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‘I’m ready for Zuma in Parliament on Thursday’

Now that Julius Malema’s case has been struck from the roll he’ll be squaring off against Zuma in person.

Economic Freedom Fighters members Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu make their way to address a crowd of supporters outside the Polokwane Magistrate's court after a postponement in the corruption case against Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

POLOKWANE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's trial made it doubtful he'd be in the house on Thursday to ask President Jacob Zuma when he would comply with the public protector's remedial action and pay back some of the Nkandla money.

But Malema's fraud and corruption trial was struck from the roll today, because one of his co-accused was not present in court in Polokwane.

He now says he will be ready for Zuma in Parliament, seeing as he no longer faces criminal charges.

The EFF leader and two others were facing more than 50 charges for allegedly benefiting from a tender payment.

His party says the government would no doubt have preferred to have their leader tied up in court on Thursday.

Yesterday, Malema urged his Members of Parliament (MPs) to be in the house when Zuma is due to answer MPs' questions, including the one from Malema on when he will pay back some of the Nkandla money.

"Whether Malema is there or not, when Zuma comes, the EFF must represent us very well."

Now Malema will be able to put his question to the president himself.

The scene's already set for drama, as the party is widely expected to put to the test the new rule approved last week that allows for unruly MPs to be physically removed and which the red berets vehemently opposed.

MALEMA READY TO CARRY ON WITH HIS LIFE

Meanwhile, Malema says he can continue his work as a Parliamentarian, politician and family man.

He says he wanted to have his day in court because he is innocent.

"I gave the state a practical option but they did not use it because they don't have a case against me."

Malema says he wants to continue with his life.

"The judge said I'm free and on Thursday I'll be in Parliament and Zuma will know us better."

The state will obtain a warrant of arrest for Dichabe who was not granted leave from the court.

At the same time, the EFF leader says he is prepared for the state if it decides to reinstate charges against him saying the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will lose again because he is innocent.

Malema says he now is a free man but he knows the state can reopen the case.