Malema was charged with money laundering, racketeering and corruption related to a government contract worth 52 million rand ($4 million) awarded by a provincial department to a company in which he held a stake through his family trust.
The charges against Malema were first brought by prosecutors in September, 2012.
Alternatively, the State wanted to proceed with the trial despite Dichabe's absence.
It's only option therefore, Mothle ruled, was to strike the matter off the roll.
The State can lay charges again at a later date.